Aesop Rock - Zero Dark Thirty
Skelethon, the brand new, highly-anticipated (nay, drooled-over) Aesop Rock album, is just about to surface and it's only been, what - five years since the release of None Shall Pass? That's sarcasm, guys. What I really meant to say was, 'It's about goddamned time.'
But stop yer complaining, 'cause the self-produced full length was well worth its wait, and it's sure to stave off any Ace Rock aficionados who still might be hungry for new material. (Yes, there's been plenty of other dope, collaborative projects - both hands-on and behind the boards - in between solo efforts.) And on Skelethon, the overtly verbose hip hop stalwart continues to deliver; doubling down on more of his mind-boggling, tongue-twisting lyrical intricacies and dark-as-fuck witticism steeped in mild misanthropy. (Or maybe it's the other way around...) Musically, the new material is as varied and diverse as the accompanying vocabulary, appropriately mirroring a skewed, self-built lexicon and revealing a series of solid, studied-yet-eclectic (if not completely bonkers) tracks within the layers upon layers of samples, buzz, and beaucoup beats.
Congrats to our boy. It's just what we've been waiting for. More shock-and-awe musical abstraction! More syllables! More WTF-isms! More 'OH HELL YES!' Highly recommended, obviously.
Skelethon will be released on July 10th, courtesy of Rhymesayers