News: Thundercat collaborates with experimental pioneer Flying Lotus on new album ‘Apocalypse’ – out 5th July!
Forever a wildcat and wild card, Los Angeles bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns with his new album ‘Apocalypse’, due for release this 5th July through Brainfeeder via Inertia.
On his second album Thundercat pairs up with executive producer Flying Lotus. ‘Apocalypse’ is about loss and rebuilding, trying to gain something back, and capturing that moment of clarity where one finally finds feet back on the ground again. Bringing a fusion of pop, soul, electronica, prog rock and funk into an unexplored dimension, the album slowly descends and tunnels to the core of what it takes to grasp peace at a time when it seems most far.
From the deep, rumbling entrance of ‘Tenfold’, each of the 12 tracks coalesce with Thundercat’s signature bass, his riffs and basslines gliding to meet Fly Lo’s astral touch. Bruner’s vocals and harmonies also soar with open honesty, rising above heartbreak with uplifting odes to love and companionship (‘Tron Song’) and wise mantras to live by (‘Special Stage’). The album plays as a comedy and tragedy, delicately addressing tracks like ‘We’ll Die’, whilst contrasting innovative neo RnB on the emotionally revealing first single ‘Heartbreaks + Setbacks’ with the cosmic funk of ‘Oh Sheit, it’s X.’
As heavy as the lyrical weight may be, the divine musicality of Flying Lotus and Thundercat’s instrumental collaborations brings lightness to the album. Navigating dense rhythms and intense harmonic progressions, the LP pushes through to Thundercat and Lotus’ prog rock jam ‘Seven’, a spontaneous improv recording that organically materialized in less than an hour.
Thundercat explains; “I feel like the album’s a story, more than anything. The music’s almost like a photobook for me. It takes me back to certain things I’ll never forget. I love working with Lotus because he was able to give it a different perspective and mold, to where people can actually see it for what it is.”
‘Apocalypse’ is due for release this 5th July through Brainfeeder via Inertia.