Forget everything you thought you knew about Limp Bizkit’s guitar player Wes Borland. It’s true, his band is a caricature of itself that couldn’t manage to stay relevant beyond the small window of time that rap rock was popular (although some of their deep album tracks have some pretty interesting music). I would post a video to display just how they were, but that would be taking away from the reason for this post. I’m a music fan who appreciates anything creative, weird, different, talented, and whatever other adjectives you can associate with those words. I assume that the people who read this blog are also somewhat in the same boat, and I love surprising people with something exciting from way outside.
Enter Wes Borland. The first time I knew he might have more going on than the douchebaggery of Limp Bizkit was when I saw him wearing a Medeski, Martin & Wood T-shirt in an interview years ago. Ever heard of them? Check them out:
Fast forward through all of the research and neat projects Wes Borland has been associated with, and you get to his new solo album Crystal Machete. He put three constraints on himself when he set out to make this record.
1.) No outside Help
2.) No Distorted Guitars
3.) No Human Vocals
The result is sometimes spacey, sometimes a little too self indulgent, sometimes beautifully textured and symphonic, and ALWAYS something other and far more interesting than Limp Bizkit. Give yourself a few minutes to listen to at least two of the songs, and discover the musical genius that is Wes Borland.