After hitting the South American tour circuit with Queens of the Stone Age earlier in the fall, Chile-born stoner rocker Alain Johannes is getting ready to launch his next solo LP, Fragments and Wholes, Volume I. He's already put a few songs into orbit, though, with the latest to surface being the cyclical, pounding "Saturn Wheel."
Sounding something like Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks" performed during a peyote-popping Desert Session, the Them Crooked Vultures collaborator's solo song throbs with pulsing percussion and dirty, detuned licks. All this is propping up the moody warble of Johannes, here detailing the gravity-altering pull of another person.
"'Saturn Wheel' is about attraction. Being pulled in by someone's gravity," he explained in a statement, breaking the arrangement by adding, "And I tried to give it that orbital feeling by keeping the drums cycling in 5/4 with the counterpoint guitars and chorus line guitars moving like rings around the pulse."
You can sample "Saturn Wheel" down below via Consequence of Sound, while Johannes' Fragments and Wholes, Volume I arrives digitally November 11. Pre-orders are being taken now over on PledgeMusic.