According to John Frusciante, The Empyrean has been a project he has been working on for some years now, and now it is finally ready to be released to the public.
On his personal website, John Frusciante has written some word about The Empyrean:
The Empyrean is my new record and will be released worldwide via Record Collection on January 20th 2009. It was recorded on and off between December 2006 and March 2008. It is a concept record that tells a single story both musically and lyrically. The story takes place within one person, and there are two characters. It contains a version of Tim Buckley’s, ‘Song To The Siren’ and the rest of the songs are written by me. My friend Josh plays on it, as does Flea. It also features Sonus Quartet, Johnny Marr and The New Dimension Singers. I’m really happy with it and I’ve listened to it a lot for the psychedelic experience it provides. It should be played as loud as possible and it is suited to dark living rooms late at night.
- John Frusciante, November 3rd, 2008
It is especially nice to see that he has gotten the help from fellow Chili Peppers member Flea. It could really give The Empyrean some of that familiar RHCP groove.
From what he said, it sounds as we could expect a pretty dark and emotional album, which i think fits Frusciante just perfect.
More info coming soon..