The Mars Volta are streaming “The Malkin Jewel” on their site, the first single from their upcoming March release Noctourniquet. It’s hard to believe this is the seventh album made from one of At the Drive-In's splinter groups—who, incidentally, are reuniting for a couple shows at this year’s Coachella.
So far, however, the At the Drive-In reunion doesn’t look like it’s going to spill over into the studio, and after listening to this new Mars Volta track, I can understand why. Clearly, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have plenty left to say as part of their current band. Oftentimes Mars Volta are content to deliver their fractured, freaky update on prog-rock, but on “The Malkin Jewel” they sound more akin to Tom Waits (at least in terms of songcraft) than King Crimson.