The Beyond/ Where the Giants Roam by Thundercat

Aimee Young
July 19, 2015

RATING:

67

%

TRACKS:

6

LABEL:

Brainfeeder

RELEASE DATE:

06/30/2015


Thundercat, also known as Stephen Bruner, is a multi-genre bassist and singer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work with Flying Lotus, Suicidal Tendencies and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. The Beyond/ Where the Giants Roam is his third studio album.

After nearly two years Thundercat's new studio release finally arrives and it's a whopping six tracks. That's almost thirteen minutes worth of music. Instead of being called an EP, which it actually is, it is being called the "mini-album". By the time it takes for someone to smoke a cigarette this record will basically be all over. The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam would have fared much better being released as an EP and as an instrumental album. Bruner’s vocals are soulful like Shuggie Otis, but his lyrics are bland at best and go absolutely nowhere. You'll be much better off just getting lost in the jazzy funk grooves. He’s also a phenomenal bass player and his prowess here is quite impressive. Musically, I would say that this release is more in style with 2011's The Golden Age of Apocalypse. Stand out tracks include "Them Changes" and "Lone Wolf and Cub."

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