Enclosure (John Frusciante album)

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Enclosure
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 8, 2014
Recorded2012–2013
GenreSynth-pop, lo-fi, experimental rock
Length37:37
48:41 (Japanese release)
LabelRecord Collection
ProducerJohn Frusciante
John Frusciante chronology
Outsides
(2013)
Enclosure
(2014)
Trickfinger
(2015)

Enclosure is the tenth studio album by American musician John Frusciante, released on April 8, 2014 (7 April in UK) on Record Collection.[1][2]

On February 18, 2014, Frusciante made the first song recorded for the album, "Scratch", a song written during The Empyrean sessions, available through his website as a free download.[3]

On March 19, 2018, Frusciante uploaded a version of "Scratch", "(vocal Fx Mix)", to SoundCloud.

Background[edit]

Frusciante said of the album, "Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years. It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights' Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX."[4]

Release in space[edit]

On March 29, 2014, a copy of Enclosure was loaded onto an experimental Cube Satellite dubbed by Record Collection as Sat-JF14 and launched to an altitude of 10,000 ft aboard an Interorbital Systems NEPTUNE Modular Rocket.

Beginning March 31, fans from around the world could download the free, custom-built Sat-JF14 mobile application which was meant to enable users to track the satellite movement in real time (the satellite, however, was only a simulation, as the rocket only reached an altitude of 10,000 ft or 3,048 meters before safely falling to the ground for recovery[5]). When "Sat-JF14" "hovered" over a users’ geographic region, the Enclosure app would get unlocked, allowing users to listen to the album for free on any iOS or Android mobile device.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic55/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[8]
American Songwriter[9]
Classic Rock6/10[10]
Consequence of SoundC−[11]
Magnet[12]
Mojo[13]
No Ripcord6/10[14]
Q[15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on nine reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John Frusciante.

No.TitleLength
1."Shining Desert"4:46
2."Sleep"4:23
3."Run"2:15
4."Stage"3:09
5."Fanfare"4:50
6."Cinch"6:25
7."Zone"4:07
8."Crowded"3:47
9."Excuses"3:53
Total length:37:37
Japanese Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
10."Vesiou"4:18
11."Scratch"6:26
Total length:48:41

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • John Frusciante – all instruments (guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, drum machine, sequencer, samples)

Recording personnel[edit]

  • John Frusciante – producer
  • Anthony Zamora – studio manager

Artwork[edit]

  • John Frusciante and Julian Chavez - artwork
  • Nabil - cover photo
  • Meryl Slay - retouching

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Enclosure
Chart Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 112
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John's new LP, Enclosure out April 8th + free mp3 of "Scratch" | John Frusciante unofficial – Invisible Movement". invisible-movement.net. Archived from the original on 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2014-02-19). "John Frusciante Announces 'Enclosure' Album". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. ^ Geslani, Michelle (2014-02-19). "John Frusciante announces new album, Enclosure, streams "Scratch"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  4. ^ "John Frusciante". johnfrusciante.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ "CPMTVLaunch033014". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  6. ^ "John Frusciante". Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  7. ^ a b "Enclosure - John Frusciante". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  8. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Enclosure - John Frusciante". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Matt (22 April 2014). "John Frusciante: Enclosure". American Songwriter. ForASong Media, LLC. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  10. ^ A bold endeavour, for sure, but it often sounds too busy for its own good. [Jul 2014, p.92]
  11. ^ Hadusek, Jon (8 April 2014). "Album Review: John Frusciante – Enclosure". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  12. ^ [The album is] somewhere between his recent acid house work as Speed Dealer Moms and his dramatic collaborations with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Wu-Tang acolytes Black Knights--and pretty much everything he's done to date. [No. 110, p.55]
  13. ^ Textured electronica and crafted melodies make for a dense and absorbing effort. [Aug 2014, p.96]
  14. ^ Lodder, Luiza (14 April 2014). "John Frusciante: Enclosure". No Ripchord. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  15. ^ Enclosure, his 11th solo record, is uncomfortably disjointed. [Jul 2014, p.107]
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Frusciante – Enclosure" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  17. ^ "John Frusciante Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2020.