“Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album…there is always light in darkness.”
DJ Shadow has announced his sixth studio album, Our Pathetic Age.
The project will arrive as a double album on November 15th via Mass Appeal Records. According to Pitchfork, the album will be split into two sections. The first 11 songs are entirely instrumental and include the producer’s first orchestral composition. The remaining 12 tracks feature a massive list of guest performances from De La Soul (on the album’s lead single, “Rocket Fuel,”) Nas, Run The Jewels, Wiki, Pharaohe Monch, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, and more.
In a press release, DJ Shadow offered a statement on his 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.”
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Along with the album’s announcement, Shadow released the propulsive new single, “Rosie.” You can hear it below in the latest episode of The Round-Up below.
Scroll on for the full Our Pathetic Age tracklist.
Our Pathetic Age Tracklist:
01 Nature Always Wins
04 Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law
09 If I Died Today
10 My Lonely Room
11 We Are Always Alone
12 Drone Warfare [ft. Nas, Pharaohe Monch]
13 Rain on Snow [ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon]
14 Rocket Fuel [ft. De La Soul]
15 C.O.N.F.O.R.M. [ft. Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Infamous Taz]
16 Small Colleges (Stay With Me) [ft. Wiki, Paul Banks]
17 JoJo’s Words [ft. Stro]
18 Kings & Queens [ft. Run the Jewels]
19 Taxin’ [ft. Dave East]
20 Dark Side of the Heart [ft. Fantastic Negrito, Jumbo is Dr.ama]
21 I Am Not a Robot (Interlude)
22 Urgent, Important, Please Read [ft. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe, Daemon]
23 Our Pathetic Age [ft. Samuel T. Herring]