Tool is planning to promote “Vicarious,” the seven-minute first single from its new album, “10,000 Days,” with a DVD single in the coming weeks. The group previously issued singles in this format for its tracks “Schism” and “Parabola.”
As reported this morning (May 10), “10,000 Days” debuts this week on top of The Billboard 200 on the strength of 564,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album is configured like a folding book, with one flap carrying stereoscopic lenses, and the other a booklet with sets of paintings and photographs on each page. When spied through the lenses, each set emerges as one 3-D image.
The concept is the brainchild of Tool guitarist Adam Jones, who also serves as the band’s art director. Jones, a member of the Southern California Stereoscopic Club, came up with the idea after seeing a children’s book modeled in the same fashion.
“Except for the band, everyone fought me on it — everyone,” he tells Billboard.com. “But eventually I got my way.”
“I grew up in the ’70s, just sitting on the edge of my bed and tripping on all the art [found on LPs],” he continues. “And it’s not like that anymore. So you have to make it a lot more special. [King Crimson guitarist] Robert Fripp was at our show the other day, and he said, ‘This is the best album art since the ’70s.'”
After completing a round of American dates later this month and ensuing tours of Europe and Japan, Jones says the band will return to the States in the fall.