As far as debuts albums go, Thundercat’s Golden Age of the Apocalypse is a mind bending piece of work. Following in the form of the Brainfeeder crew, the album showcases layers of instruments on top of one another in an effort to recreate a genre-bending orchestra with jazz and 70s soul elements.
Thundercat takes avant-electronic music’s futuristic sound-sculpting and reconnects it with the history of African American pop. He’s particularly smitten with that moment in the 70s when soul music got looser and smoother and more electronic and electric jazz started taming the wildness of improvisation with the slickness and structure of the pop song.
Check out the album below: