Label: Sub Pop
Release date: 09.09.2016
‘Splendor & Misery’ is an Afrofuturist, dystopian concept album that follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship and the onboard computer that falls in love with him. Thinking he is alone and lost in space, the character discovers music in the ship’s shuddering hull and chirping instrument panels. William and Jonathan’s tracks draw an imaginary sonic map of the ship’s decks, hallways and quarters, while Daveed’s lyrics ride the rhythms produced by its engines and machinery. In a reversal of HP Lovecraft’s concept of cosmic insignificance, the character finds relief in learning that humanity is of no consequence to the vast, uncaring universe. Ultimately, the character decides to pilot his ship into the unknown - and possibly into oblivion - instead of continuing on to worlds whose systems of governance and economy have violently oppressed him.
Clipping return with a topically fiery LP that melds noise, narrative and contemporary conceptualism to suitably subversive degrees... It's a record that solidifies their status as one of most idiosyncratic acts to come out of hip hop in many a moon... So take note.