Actor / Director John Malkovich will be dipping his toe into music with the release of ‘Like A Puppet Show,’ a vinyl-only release set for release during this fall’s Record Store Day on November 27 (Black Friday). ‘Like a PuppetShow’ marks the first of a series of collaborations between 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 humour 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, but the trio has shared the first track lifted from the album Cryoblue Cheese O, which was mixed by Ric Ocasek.
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/Black Friday 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’ track list:
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)