John Malkovich Is Making an Album with Yoko Ono (+ Everyone)
John Malkovich can be a little creepy — we’re still not over Being John Malkovich tbh. But he’s undeniably talented. Now he’s putting those two things together, again, with a new album filled with the actor reciting Plato’s Cave Allegory over eerie, spooky soundscapes. The record, called Like A Puppet Show, will be released on November 27th for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.
The project, a brainchild of Malkovich himself, director/photographer Sandro, and producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis, started with Malkovich simply reading the poem from 380 BC. This recording was then sent out to artists like Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, OMD, Efterklang, Placebo, the Dandy Warhols, Blondie’s Chris Stein, and the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan to remix the song into their own vision. Along with the remixed recordings, the vinyl also comes with photos by Sandro to accompany the philosophical tunes.
Currently streaming is The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek’s version, called “Cryoblue Cheese O” — which is a lot less peppy than you’d assume from the name. “The poem ALLEGORY OF A CAVE narrated by JOHN MALKOVICH sounded eerie to me, so I set it into that kind of musical landscape,” said Ocasek in a press release. “The poem felt current, even though it was written around 380 BC by PLATO. Only the ridiculers and weapons have changed as we move through time.”
Let’s be honest though, any mixtape with Yoko Ono and Plato collaborating is bound to be fire emoji.