In more amazing music news, DJ Shadow is dropping a new double album through Mass Appeal on November 15. Our Pathetic Age will be divided into two sections that focus on instrumentals and vocal collaborations. Run The Jewels, Nas, Dave East, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and many more will be featured on Shadow’s upcoming project.
More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions. There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album…there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era…Our Pathetic Age.
Listen to “Rosie” from the instrumental section of Our Pathetic Age above.