John Malkovich + Sandro + Eric Alexandrakis to Release New Music Project
Like a Puppet Show
On November 27
Trio Shares Track Mixed by The Cars’ Ric Ocasek
Vinyl Only Release for RSD Will Also Feature OMD, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Dweezil Zappa, Harry Waters, Sameer Gadhia, Efterklang, Dandy Warhols, Chris Stein, Placebo, Dolores O’Riordan
Sometimes the creative stars align in the most peculiar of ways. In these situations the elements come together at exactly the right moment with such speed and ease, one would assume that it was the work of some sort of higher power.
Such is the case when it comes to Like A Puppet Show, a vinyl-only release slated for fall’s Record Store Day on November 27, Black Friday. Like a Puppet Show marks the first of a series of collaborations between actor/director John Malkovich, top commercial director/photographer Sandro, and producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis.
For this project, John Malkovich recited Eric Alexandrakis’ version of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave over an original piece of music, while being paired with exclusive photos of Malkovich taken by Sandro. Once Malkovich’s part was completed the group began reaching out to a variety of artists to lend their creative flair to the release.
The results were instant and diverse: from the Electro-Kraftwerkian sounds of OMD, to the psychedelics of Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, into the orchestral Celtic breeze of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, skipping into the rock and roll humor of Dweezil Zappa, driving into the experimental electronics of Sameer Gadhia (Young The Giant), Efterklang, The Dandy Warhols and The Cars’ Ric Ocasek, through the epic gangsta rap of Blondie’s Chris Stein, the haunting beauty of Placebo, the classical piano of Harry Waters (son of Roger Waters), and resting with experimental ambience from Eric Alexandrakis.
The vinyl only release will be out on Record Store Day on November 27 and today the trio has shared the first track from the album “Cryoblue Cheese O” mixed by Ric Ocasek on Pitchfork. Of the project Ocasek said, “The poem ALLEGORY OF A CAVE narrated by JOHN MALKOVICH sounded eerie to me, so I set it into that kind of musical landscape. The poem felt current, even though it was written around 380BC by PLATO. Only the ridiculers and weapons have changed as we move through time.”
The first release from this trio, Like a Puppet Show, is slated for Record Store Day/BlackFriday 2015, followed by two more releases to retailers, and direct to consumers via the web for the Christmas holidays. The first of many projects to be released by the trio, all of them are currently vinyl only, limited editions, featuring photographs of Malkovich by Sandro, and released on their Cryogenia π label.
Like a Puppet Show Tracklist
Cryocarbon 14C MIXED BY OMD
Cryolife 7:14 A.M. MIXED BY YOKO ONO & SEAN LENNON
Cryoblue Cheese Ο MIXED BY RIC OCASEK
CryoZolon X MIXED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA
Cryoparoxsym A MIXED BY YOUNG THE GIANT
Platogenia X And The Caves MIXED BY THE DANDY WARHOLS
Cryostat Ø MIXED BY EFTERKLANG
Cryoplacebo 47/XXY MIXED BY PLACEBO
Photogenia C (Ruler Of Light) MIXED BY CHRIS STEIN
Optimogenia Z [Edit Mix] MIXED BY HARRY WATERS
Cryopian D MIXED BY DOLORES O’RIORDAN