earl sweatshirt drops new music project, 'solace'
The Odd Future member has dedicated the 10 minute musical collage to his mum.
"Music from when I hit the bottom and found something" is how Earl Sweatshirt describes Solace, the mini music project he just dropped on YouTube. It's a project the Odd Future member hinted at a few weeks ago at SXSW, just before releasing his I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside album in an interview with NPR. Explaining that he wanted to make music his mum could listen to, Earl said, "We set up a studio at my house and I did a little project real real fast. It's called Solace. And that, I'm just sitting [on] - it's more for my mom."
Feeling like a stream of sonic consciousness, Solace layers jazz piano, squealing horns, distorted noise and vinyl crackles behind often anxious and sombre lyrics that touch on death, drugs, loneliness and writer's block. From spliffs to Myspace and monsoons, the intimate lyrics drive toward a gloomy end, "To tell the truth, I'm at a loss of friends; Well time waits for no man and death waits with cold hands; I'm the youngest old man that you know; If ya soul intact, let me know".
Photography Eli Watson