Posted in music | tour dates on January 11, 2013

Mystical Weapons

Then there's Mystical Weapons, an improv duo that came about after Sean Lennon became friendly with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, and Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda suggested the two try playing together. The resulting album is a really cool, eclectic, loosely powerful collection of experiments with some basic structure.

"All the music is improvised, which is one of the guidelines," Lennon explains. "Then there would be verbal guidelines, which were sometimes based around instrumentation or a key signature or a concept or mood."

"A song like 'Dirty Neon' was as simple as saying, 'All right Greg, you play piano this time and I'll play drums,'" Lennon continues. "And then 'Mechanical Mammoth' was all about playing the ARP 2600 on an atonal setting so the intervals on the keys weren't 12-tone but kinda random. Some songs were about just using the kalimba and the last song, 'Consortium Musicum,' was about playing toys live. I'm really proud of that one because it's very atmospheric, even though it's just us sitting cross-legged, playing toys." - [CBC]

You can stream Mystical Weapons' debut album over at the CBC (which is out 1/15) and you can watch a video of them performing "Colony Collapse Disorder" below.

Or you could go see them play live Saturday night (1/12) at Big Sky Works in Williamsburg. They've stopped selling advance online tickets, but you can buy them at the door. $15, 9 PM.

Flyer for the show and video are below...



Mystical Weapons - Colony Collapse Disorder



Comments (13)

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Come on, it's your move now. Don't let us down because you've really been on a roll with the Top40 posts lately.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 7:29 PM

oof sean lennon

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 11:17 PM

its not that bad

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 12:26 AM

sean lennon is the best fuck musical genius limited edition lets nowzors comeon please spotifty limited edition simple addition got the autographed edition try fuckin poetry you debutant

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 1:23 AM

that dude on bass kinda looks like julian lennon

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 2:06 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 10:50 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 11:58 AM

Sean got John's looks and Yoko's talent.

Posted by The Mighty KC | January 12, 2013 2:23 PM

john > julien > yoko > sean

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 4:13 PM

more like yawn lennon...amirite

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 6:10 PM

i wanted to like this, i really did. i mean i realllly did.

better luck next time

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2013 11:43 PM

mystical weapon yes.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 30, 2013 8:48 PM

This is the kind of music I like to listen to when I'm doing creative thing of my own. Also, really good use of old Hermetic / Western Mystery Tradition images in the video collage.

Posted by Helvie | September 12, 2014 12:26 PM

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