When I sat down in front of my monitor this evening, I had every intention of starting my first ever “Best of the Year” post here at Sandy Beats. However, as I put on some writing music, I was notified that today is Tuesday aka new release day. I did what any music fan would do, and clicked on the New Releases on Spotify playlist. As I scrolled down the list filled with some classics (The Velvet Underground, ZZ Top), some new music from one of hip-hop’s uncle’s (E-40), and new stuff from everyone’s favorite motivational kink (R. Kelly), I saw what I did not realize I was looking for…Childish Gambino’s (aka Donald Glover aka Troy) new release because the internet.
I was lucky to see and hear some of these new songs at the Life is Beautiful Festival in October. While I was a fan of Childish Gambino before seeing him live (okay, I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Community and through that became a fan of CG), I now consider myself a real fan. I have listened to his first release Camp a few times, and really enjoyed it. After seeing his live show, I was lead to believe that this new record would be a bit more gritty and dark. Camp is not all rainbows and sunshine, but I do get the feeling that because the internet is a bit darker. It has been said in the media that Glover is going through a “dark period” and he has taken a leave from Community. Everyone needs a break, and music is one of Glover’s outlets, so I am not to judge his person…however…this record is pretty incredible. I would not be able to write a Best of 2013 article without having heard this album.
After a couple listen’s my favorite track is “sweatpants”. This was also a favorite of mine from his LIB set.
The first single from this new record is “3005”. Check out the video:
Most of my 2013 has been filled with indie folk, Imagine Dragons, and bluegrass…the time is ripe for some unique beats and lyrics.