It’s official. The Mars Volta are back. The duo formed by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have released new music after 10 years of waiting. The new single is called ‘Blacklight Shine’ and is accompanied by an 11-minute black and white video clip, directed by Rodríguez-López, and set on an idyllic tropical island. It is the first material presented by the group after their 2012 album, ‘Noctourniquet’, and after their subsequent breakup in 2013.
Rumors of the band’s return began last Sunday, when a mysterious cube appeared in the Grand Park of the city of Los Angeles. The cube was actually an audiovisual art installation, called “L’ytome Hodorxí Telesterion“, in which anyone could enter inside and listen to ‘Blacklight Shine‘ for the first time. The immersive experience will be available digitally starting July 1.
Bixler-Zavala already hinted at the group’s return in some 2019 tweets: “When ORL showed me some of his new material I had tears in my eyes.” He later added: “No deadlines, no hot pot, no drama, just two grown men wearing essential oils and bold new perfumes, shooting ideas.” Three years later, these tweets, since deleted, have come true. Along with the new single, The Mars Volta have also announced the dates for their first tour since 2012 but unfortunately all of them are in the US. The tour will start in September this year.