Late Night CD of the Week
Naveen Sultan about 11 months ago
Tune in to Indie FM, Asylum, Synergy Sessions, Radio Clash, or Bodyrock to win the CD of the week!
This week it's the collaboration of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson called "The Uncluded" and their release called "Hokey Fright"
As soon as you hear music off the album get ready to call in. The DJ will announce which caller will win.
Find more about the album below:
The Uncludedâs debut album, Hokey Fright, is an oddly delicious mix from two odd performers. Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock share off-center delivery and lyricism. Their mix of irreverent folk rock and eloquent rap isnât a likely pairing, but thankfully Dawson and Ace are just that good.
Hokey Fright was born from talking about âmortalityâ and wanting to explore questions that have no answers. The result is a very adult meditation on life, backed with a playful sense of childlike wonder. The most introspective of the tracks, âTelepromptersâ, features Aesop rapping about shutting himself off from the world (âYou need to get out more / Never, I am nailed to the walls in a jail made of desertsâ) and Dawson singing about her own way of shutting everything out (âEver since I was a kid, on the backs of my two eyelids / I hid two teleprompters there transmitting words from who knows where / And this is why when Iâm on stage my eyes are closed.â)
The songs at times lean more toward one artist or the other, such as in âJambi Cafeâ, where Dawsonâs jaunty folk takes hold and Ace comes to her level with a nursery rhyme delivery. On the following track, âBatsâ, Rock takes the lead with a harder 8-bit story of feeling lost, rapping, âMy feet hang off of every bed Iâve ever slept on / Catch less zâs more f-bombs,â while Dawson sings the chorus: ââ¦then your mindâs rind peels back, revealing every dead friend on the back of a little black bat.â
The best mix of the two comes on the infectious âDelicate Cycleâ. Dawson supplies a foot-stomping beat and guitar, and her vocals overlap with Rockâs rising and falling flow, braced by the chorus chant, âMy whole life is a delicate cycle.â
There are 16 tracks on Hokey Fright, and thatâs probably two or three too many. The short interludes (âSuperherosâ and âWYHUOMâ) break the albumâs pace and hold back some of the flow. Overall, though, the combination of Rock and Dawson is undeniably addictive. While the questions may not have answers, the music moves you to a new place.
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