A new 12” EP from the inscrutable and compelling Earl Sweatshirt, and one that sees him go even more introverted and brooding than his last full-length Some Rap Songs. With all seven tracks fitted on to one side of vinyl (the reverse bears an etching) Feet of Clay’s mood and atmosphere stems from the death of the rapper’s father in 2018.
Vinyl 12" £16.49 0093624894674
7-track one-sided 12” with etching on Side B.
There’s barely a second before you hear Earl Sweatshirt’s voice on ‘Feet of Clay’; no instrumental introduction track, no moment to breathe. The listener is plunged directly into Earl’s dark universe, a world of thoughts so abstract that not even pages on Genius can decipher them. Still, the backpackers and hip hop nerds try. His newest 7-track mini-album ‘Feet Of Clay’ bridges the dark as molasses atmosphere of ‘I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside’ with the off-kilter beats and deadpan delivery of the excellent ‘Some Rap Songs’ to weird new heights of improvisation for the young rapper.
If you’re looking for a hook after hook or summer bangers, then this isn’t the record for you. There’s a sense of immediacy to the raps which are tricky, technical and delivered in a monotone, whilst the instrumentals are equally one-note. That’s not to say they aren’t interesting, just they often loop over without complex structures, choruses or beat flips. Lyrically and conceptually, the title references the Bible’s Book of Daniel and its allusion to the apocalypse, whilst he laments his recently deceased father on various tracks. The rapid rhyme schemes give the impression he’s getting a lot of his chest, forgoing memorability by way of free-form delivery.
With its shunning of hooks, spotlight on underground MCs, unrefined production and improvised lyricism, ‘Feet Of Clay’ further blurs the line between experimental music and hip hop, serving as an antithesis of popular rap music.
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