When talking about progressive rock, it doesn’t get any better than The Mars Volta. The band’s been around for over ten years now, but no one really started to give them ‘real’ mainstream attention until about a couple of years ago. Their sixth studio record Noctourniquet was released at the end of March and is the first to feature the group’s new drummer Deantoni Parks. Never ones to be afraid to challenge themselves or their listeners, it’s a concept record, inspired by the children’s nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus. How’s that for experimental?

Noctourniquet‘s first single is “The Malkin Jewel,” a song unlike anything you’ll hear on your favorite rock radio station. In this case, different is good. It gets kind of trippy and atmospheric about half way in, with the first part more of traditional rock and roll song. I will admit, I don’t have a clue what any of the lyrics are about, but I love the chorus, especially the part where lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala goes “clickiti-clack.” “The Malkin Jewel” is a stellar track and one that should expose a great band to an even greater audience.

Run Time: 3:19
Release Date: March 15, 2012

Check out the song: “The Malkin Jewel”