Some musicians are just something else, something more than the title “musician” can grasp. I consider Thundercat to be one of them, his music belongs in this unique place where us mere mortals don’t dare tread. Not only that, but his collabs with people like Kendrick lamar and Flying Lotus are also very highly regarded, giving him the unqie position to do whatever he pleases, because it seems like he strikes gold whatever he does.
His solo work, to me, has always been more adventurous and humorous than his collaborations. He seems to do whatever he pleases, mixing eclectic jazz with fart noises, lyrics like “Jesus take the wheel”, having no real transitions between songs. I absolutely love it, since he seems to be ahving a lot of fun, while still making mind-boggling compositions.
It’s also one of those albums you can put on in the background, but it’s so much better if you start listening attentively, discovering slight groove changes, subtle instrumentation or just weird cat noises in A Fan’s Mail ( Tron Song Suite II).
Thematically, Thundercat (real name : Stephen Bruner) has stated himself that this album revolves around the influence alcohol and drugs has had on his and other people’s lives around him, which explains the humour and darkness that can be felt throughout these songs. If anyone here has ever been inebriated, you know how the good and the bad often lie very close. So, you know. Don’t do drugs kids!
My favourite song is Walk On By. The presence of Kendrick Lamar on this song works so well, that it’s a standout on an album filled with them.
If you want to hear a record by an exceptional artist, who has been doing his own thing for a while now, get on this. It bubbles with life, there’s a myriad of tiny details to find and fall in love with, and has all these obscure references that, if you’re like me, you will absolutely adore.