John Frusciante Explains the Meaning Behind the Titles of His New EP and Album

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jun 18, 2012

If you're anything like us, you were excited but likely a bit confused by the news that John Frusciante's new EP is called Letur-Lefr and the subsequent full-length is titled PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. Now, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers axe-slinger has shed some light on the peculiar names of his upcoming releases.

In a blog post on his official website, Frusciante broke down the album title word-by-word to help fans decode its meaning and explain how it reflects his music-making process.

Speaking of PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, he wrote:

PBX refers to an internal communication system. There is a natural version of this, wherein the 'business or office' is a person. A funicular involves two trams connected by a cable, one going up while the other goes down. All music perpetually does this on many levels simultaneously. Intaglio is a technique in sculpture where one works on the opposite side of the image, whereby the image will eventually appear to the spectator in relief, but the angle the sculptor works from is the negation of that. In music that I like, an approach analogous to this was employed, the more so the better. Zone refers to a state of mind wherein the rest of the world seemingly disappears, and nothing matters but the union of one's immediate surroundings with ones feelings. These four words linked together go far to describing my creative process.

As for the EP, the exact meaning of the words is still a little ambiguous, but Frusciante explained, "Letur-Lefr for me signifies the transition of two becoming one, notably symbolized by the first song on the album being the sequel to the album's last."

See the tracklists for both releases below, and note that "In Your Eyes" and "In My Light" from Letur-Lefr are evidently companion pieces.

The Letur-Lefr cut "Glowe" is embedded at the bottom of the page. That EP is out July 17 through Record Collection Music, while the full-length will follow on September 25.


1. In Your Eyes
2. 909 Day
3. Glowe
4. FM
5. In Your Light

PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone:

1. Intro/Sabam

2. Hear Say

3. Bike

4. Ratiug

5. Guitar

6. Mistakes

7. Uprane

8. Sam

9. Sum

10. Walls and Doors (bonus track)
11. Ratiug (a cappella version) (bonus track)

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