awesome album cover

Oh Gawd! OH GAWD! This is better than I imagine. Ofc you can tell who I prefer drawing -ahem- Solas….
Anyways. This morning I realized I didn’t do anything for V-day however a great idea popped in my head while I was listening to The Darkness. Rock-Band.
I’m hoping to do a 30second animation with these guys and I Believe in thing Called Love by The Darkness. I hope I can have it done by V-day, so stayed tuned. I wish I could have drawn Bull better. I’m loving this Solas so much!!!

“Had a blast shooting all of the photos for the upcoming @ninjasexparty CD. Can’t wait to see the final cd product/packaging. Big thanks to my bro & amazing photographer @paulhebertphoto for the assist & all of the help, couldn’t have done it w/out you!” (x)

Thundercat - From Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

Thundercat is a renowned bass player who works in several genres, mostly electronic, jazz fusion, and R&B. His works speak for themselves, he’s a former bass player for the crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, a band most people would agree has a great emphasis on bass, he worked on two albums with R&B goddess Erykah Badu, those albums being New Amerykah Part One and Part Two. He’s a frequent collaborator with jazz fusion producer Flying Lotus, having worked on everything he’s put out since 2010’s excellent Cosmogramma, and I remember reading a tweet from Flying Lotus that stated Thundercat pretty much did all the bass work on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, and most recently Thundercat worked on Kamasi Washington’s epic 3 hour album, correctly titled The Epic. He also has a track in the video game “Grand Theft Auto V,” that track being “Oh Shiet, It’s X.”

He gets around, that’s for sure, and his work stands out, and is probably going to be remembered a long, long time from now. However, his actual albums don’t fare very well for me. This is Thundercat’s first release since Apocalypse, an album that I barely remember, expect for a couple of good tracks, and that kind of goofy album cover it had. Still, that album has received quite a bit of acclaim, so maybe something just isn’t clicking for me.

His albums just don’t reach the strange heights that his work often reaches. Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead! Is an incredibly trippy, almost frightening record that bends your mind, twists your idea of what traditional music sounds like, and Thundercat’s just kind of happy making more straight-forward jazz fusion. If there’s one thing that he has going for him, is production from Flying Lotus, and that carries through on this new mini-album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.

Starting off with “Hard Times,” we’ve got that signature Thundercat falsetto and reverb heavy production from Flying Lotus. This feels a lot like a continuation of “Descent Into Madness,” off You’re Dead! And it transitions nicely into “Song for the Dead,” which is kind of the quintessential Thundercat track. It’s got the falsetto, the Flying Lotus production and great mixing, and some really smooth, pleasing bass. What follows is the unexpectedly funky “Them Changes.” Thundercat’s singing in his normal voice, and he’s got some longing lyrics about a woman, and the troubles she’s put him through. The funk aspect remind of “King Kunta” off To Pimp a Butterfly. It’s as if all the recent work with some many diverse collaborators has opened Thundercat up to more ideas. It’s a great song on here. The track also ends with some heavy keys played by Herbie Hancock. This track, along with the previous one, are exactly what I want out of Thundercat.

Next is “Lone Wolf and Cub,” which starts out as a neo-soul influenced affair, until about halfway through where Thundercat just goes on this tear of rapid bass plucking. It sounds just incredible, and a great testament to people who don’t care about the electric bass. This is the longest track on this mini-album, and it’s just gorgeous. After this, though, the release loses me.

The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is only 6 tracks long. Clocking in at less than 17 minutes, there’s not a whole lot here. Most of these tracks are very singular, kind of short-winded; they’re over in a flash. Still, this teaser of future work has me hopeful for future work. I would love to see Thundercat keep popping up on high profile release, because he is a damn good musician. The mixing and performances on this release are great, it’s just the actual song structures and choices made that lose me here and there. I’m giving The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam a 7 out of ten.

7/10

Highlights: “Song for the Dead,” “Them Changes,” “Lone Wolf and Cub”

Much Love.