Flea just released partial details about his upcoming solo E.P. titled Helen Burns. In a series of Tweets, he explained that he recorded most of the E.P. when the band wrapped up the Stadium Arcadium tour.
According to the legendary bass player, the E.P was made entirely by him in just a couple days and features obscure, mostly artsy, obscure instrumental music, “except when Patti Smith sings.” Flea continues, “It is not RHCP music or even close to it. It is a trippy freakout.” In 2008, Flea mentioned the possible E.P. to the L.A. Times saying, “It’s not really a commercial enterprise, it’s not going to be on rock radio or anything. The record is based on the character Helen Burns from ‘Jane Eyre.’ I love Charlotte Bronte and all of the Bronte sisters.”
The download will be available “at any price you want to pay,” as Flea will donate the proceeds directly to Silverlake Conservatory. There will also be a limited-edition copies available for $75 which Flea says he’ll autograph. Within the packaging, he’ll include a piece of a bass string used concert. According to Flea, a purchase link will be made public in the next two days.
i am putting out an ep i made by myself in a couple of days. it is obscure arty mostly instrumental music, except when patti smith sings—
Flea (@flea333) July 17, 2012
–Jay Tilles, CBS Local