The press release for Satellite Party, the spaced-out new project from former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, is stuffed with so many cameos and “cool” music references, it reads like the most pathetic Cindy Adams column ever:
Blending sounds as varied as rock, electro, urban beats and symphony, Farrell enlisted guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt with new musicians Kevin Figueiredo on drums, Etty Lau Farrell on background vocals and Carl Restivo on bass. The album, produced by Farrell, co-produced by Nuno Bettencourt and executive produced by Steve Lillywhite, features a host of guests participating in the recording, including The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and John Frusciante, UK production duo/beat-makers Hybrid, New Order/Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, down tempo pioneers Thievery Corporation, Porno for Pyros’ guitarist Peter DiStefano, Black Eyed Pea’s Fergie, film composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Chronicles of Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven), and a 30-piece orchestra.
One of the album’s highlights features an unreleased Jim Morrison vocal track, the first unheard Morrison performance in almost 30 years. Entitled “Woman In The Window,” Morrison sings against a backdrop of Farrell’s music, “Just try and stop us, we’re going to love” before the song culminates with an elegant piano outro. Farrell calls the track the mantra of The Solutionists. Other tracks include “Wish Upon A Dog Star,” which is also the album’s first single, “Kinky,” and “Celebrate,” a Sly Stone-like groove marrying calypso and disco. Farrell also shows his softer side on the tender “Awesome,” written about seeing the world from the heavens, which marries David Bowie-esque vocals with the understated beauty of Nick Drake.
Really, the name-drops came so fast, we thought for a second that “Dog Star” meant that Perry had convinced Keanu Reeves to pick up a bass again. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
Perry Farrell Announces Groundbreaking New Musical Project Satellite Party [PR Newswire, via ILM]