South of Reality

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South of Reality
Claypool Lennon Delirium South of Reality Artwork.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
Recorded2018
StudioRancho Relaxo, Occidental, California
GenrePsychedelic rock, art rock, experimental rock
Length47:30
LabelATO Records
ProducerSean Lennon, Les Claypool
The Claypool Lennon Delirium chronology
Lime and Limpid Green
(2017)
South of Reality
(2019)

South of Reality is the second studio album by The Claypool Lennon Delirium consisting of American multi-instrumentalists Sean Lennon and Primus' Les Claypool, released on February 22, 2019.

Background[edit]

The album was preceded by the lead single and music video for "Blood and Rockets," followed by two successive prerelease tracks; "Easily Charmed by Fools" in late 2018, and "Amethyst Realm" in early 2019.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[4]
Paste8.5/10[5]
Uncut8/10

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, with a rating of 78 based on 7 reviews at Metacritic, surpassing the score of 70 received by their debut LP Monolith of Phobos.[2] Critics praised the album's unusual sound and improvement from their debut project: Paste magazine awarded the album an 8.5/10 writing "South of Reality is weird. It’s unorthodox... That's what makes the album so damn great."[5] AllMusic noted that "If the duo's satire sometimes seems cheap -- the Tinder jibes on "Easily Charmed by Fools" are a little too easy -- they make up for it through sheer good humor, which is why the playfulness of South of Reality charms instead of alienates."[3] Uncut called the album "A meaty maximalist feast, richer and riper than its predecessor."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Little Fishes"6:06
2."Blood and Rockets: Movement I, Saga of Jack Parsons / Movement II, Too the Moon"6:29
3."South of Reality"3:27
4."Boriska"5:25
5."Easily Charmed by Fools"5:10
6."Amethyst Realm"7:47
7."Toady Man's Hour"3:12
8."Cricket Chronicles Revisited: Pt. 1, Ask Your Doctor / Pt. 2, Psyde Effects"6:23
9."Like Fleas"3:31

Personnel[edit]

  • Les Claypool – composer, engineer, instrumentation, mixing, producer
  • Sean Lennon – composer, instrumentation, producer
  • Paulo Baldi – drums (in “Boriska”, “Amethyst Realm”, “Ask Your Doctor”)
  • Adam Gates – voices (in “Psyde Effects”)
  • Josh Adam Meyers – voices (in “Psyde Effects”)
  • Agent Ogden – design, layout
  • Jay Blakesberg – photography
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Hisaki Yasuda – cover art

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[6]

Tour[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

The duo began their headlining tour in support of the album in December 2018. It is scheduled to end on May 2, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[7]

Date City Country Venue
North America
December 28, 2018 San Diego United States The Observatory North Park
December 29, 2018 Santa Ana The Observatory
December 31, 2018 San Francisco The Fillmore
April 10, 2019 Toronto Canada Danforth Music Hall
April 12, 2019 Philadelphia United States Filmore
April 13, 2019 New Haven College Street Music Hall
April 14, 2019 Boston House of Blues
April 16, 2019 Brooklyn Brooklyn Steel
April 17, 2019 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 19, 2019 Asheville Orange Peel
April 20, 2019 Nashville Marathon Music Works
April 21, 2019 Atlanta SweetWater 420 Music Festival
April 23, 2019 St. Louis Delmar Hall
April 25, 2019 Minneapolis Varsity Theater
April 26, 2019 Chicago Thalia Hall
April 27, 2019 Detroit Majestic Theatre
April 29, 2019 Bloomington Castle Theatre
April 30, 2019 Covington Madison Theatre
May 2, 2019 New Orleans Civic Theatre

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 191
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 86
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 43
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 52
US Billboard 200[12] 88

References[edit]

  1. ^ BWW News Desk. "The Claypool Lennon Delirium Share New Track AMETHYST REALM". Broadway World. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "South of Reality – The Claypool Lennon Delirium". Metacritic. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "South of Reality – Claypool Lennon Delirium". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "SThe Claypool Lennon Delirium: South Of Reality". American Songwriter. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Crump, Andy. "South of Reality – Claypool Lennon Delirium". Paste. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "South of Reality Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Kaye, Ben. "The Claypool Lennon Delirium share 'Easily Charmed by Fools', announce 2019 tour dates: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Claypool Lennon Delirium Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2019.