Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier announce collaborative album Corpse Flower

Mike Patton is no stranger to collaboration and creative connections. His latest endeavour saw him team up with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, and the outcome of that collaboration is a full-length album. Entitled Corpse Flower, the album features several musicians from LA including Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell), and also from Paris including Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble.
Corpse Flower arrives on September 13th though Ipecac recordings but Patton and Vannier are already teasing the album with two tracks, ‘On Top Of The World’ and ‘Chansons D’Amour’. Commenting on the latter, Vannier had this to say:

“When I was a little boy, love songs terrified me, with their stupid Ophelias, faded flowers of melodramatics singers, quavering vocalises of another time, barbaric rituals, screams of impatient sexes, furious and bloody refrains, like in this beautiful and poisonous video. Afterwards, I lived some love stories and it was even worse, all a bazaar puppet show that moved me despite myself, took me hostage and blames me for these crimes that I did not commit”

‘Chansons D’Amour’ comes with an accompanying video, directed by Eric Livingston, who commented on it:

“The melody on Chansons D’ Amour chased me around in the back of my head for a few days after listening. I found it to be a haunting and unapologetically honest version of Vannier’s original piece. When I was given the choice between a few songs to shoot a video accompaniment to, I gravitated towards this one. Mainly, because I knew it would be a challenge for me. To film something that is subtle, yet demands attention.”

Watch the video below and listen to ‘On Top Of The World’ straight after.


Kaada/Patton share animated video for ‘Red Rainbow’

Kaada/Patton - Red RainbowJohn Kaada and Mike Patton have released an animated video to accompany the magnificent, cinematic and haunting ‘Red Rainbow’. The track opens Bacteria Cult, their second collaborative album released last year through Ipecac. The stunning and spooky video is based on the short film The Absence Of Eddy, which features Mike Patton as the voice of the lead character. The video was directed by Rune Spaans and written and art directed by Dave Cooper.

Watch Kaada/Patton’s video for ‘Imodium’ off forthcoming album Bacteria Cult

Kaada Patton - ImodiumBacteria Cult, the new album from Norwegian composer John Kaada and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Fantômas, Nevermen) is nearing its release date. Due out on April 1st via Ipecac Recordings, the upcoming album follows their 2007’s Kaada/Patton Live DVD and their 2004 album Romances. An orchestral collection of eight songs composed and performed by Kaada and Mike, Bacteria Cult also features the Stavanger Symfoniorkester.

Following the album’s incredible opener, ‘Red Rainbow’, the pair have unleashed an unsettling video for ‘Imodium’, matching the track’s eerie seductiveness. The effort was shot in Romania by Alexandru Ponoran and you can watch it below. And listen to ‘Red Rainbow’ straight after.