Thundercat Came With A Surprise.

June 22nd, Thundercat decided he wanted to make sure I accomplished nothing all day long. "The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam" was released and I was in my feelings about it all day. One thing that I can genuinely appreciate about Thundercat is I'm always feeling something when I listen. Maybe it's because I tend to be a little more on the sensitive side sometimes, but that's what made me fall in love with music in general and to listen to an artist who constantly is making me feel is refreshing.  

I love this entire piece of work, but I'm going to narrow my favorite tracks down to two. "Lone Wolf and Cub" and "Them Changes". "Hard Times" gets a strong honorable mention. 

"Lone Wolf and Cub" by far just completely sucks me in. First of all, amazing placement putting that right after "Them Changes". Not only am I still kind of in tears about all the heartbreak I thought I was over until "Them Changes" reminded me that i'm not, and I might still be a little hurt about all the love I've had and imagined in my head! But get this, then I'm sucker punched with this deep, brooding bass intro that smoothly transitions me into an almost trancelike state. And Herbie Hancock is also a part of this madness. Can we also talk about the bass break that's leading us out of the song, yet you are still stuck in this jazz-funk coma? Ugh, so good. 

"Them Changes" is the perfect song to play when you are the type of love sick that makes you think there is no way to bounce back. When you fall in love, you generally tend to lose your mind as well and when it's all said and done you feel like your heart has been ripped out. "Somebody tell me how i'm supposed to feel, when I'm sitting here knowing this ain't real." If that's not the definition of heartbreak, I honestly don't know what to tell you. What really made me fall in love with this song was, even though he's heartbroken it's funky. This is how this song came about in my head; guy and girl fall in love, she leaves, and he's heartbroken. Obviously. But he just can not get a grip on it. There is no moving on from this for him. He wants to hate her, and he just might. But she still has his heart. Now all he can do is close his eyes, and take a breath and try to get it together. But clearly it's not working. At least in my head that's how this went down in my head.

Needless to say, this LP was perfectly put together. I love the way everything leads into one another, and before you realize it the six songs have finished and you're sitting there wishing it was longer. I'm also a fan of Flying Lotus and want to give him props for producing on the album as well. I think it's awesome these two can always come together and make amazing music. I don't have a negative thing to say about this at all. Definitely an album that I can listen on repeat and not get sick of.