Mike Patton's long-gestating self-titled album as Peeping Tom hits stores this week via his own Ipecac label.
Mike Patton's long-gestating self-titled album as Peeping Tom hits stores this week via his own Ipecac label. The set was pieced together by swapping song files through the mail with collaborators like Norah Jones ("Sucker"), Kool Keith ("Getaway") and Massive Attack ("Kill the DJ").
Among the other guests on "Peeping Tom" as Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Amon Tobin, Dub Trio, Bebel Gilberto, Dos One and members of the Melvins.
"I don't listen to the radio, but if I did, this is what I'd want it to sound like," Patton says of the project. "This is my version of pop music. In way, this is an exercise for me: taking all these things I've learned over the years and putting them into a pop format."
As for the unlikely collaboration with Norah Jones, Patton offers, "Her name came up in the context of a few drinks and a few laughs, really. Sometimes good ideas begin that way. A friend of mine had engineered some of her stuff. I knew I needed a strong female presence. I thought that getting somebody from another musical world might be the right choice. So I threw a line out and she responded immediately and warmly, and was super enthusiastic."