It seems there was a theme emerging this week at the Sticky desk when it came to our album of the week and now this, from DJ Shadow, who dropped his first album Endtroducing….. in 1996.
Half of his own lifetime later, DJ Shadow releases new album Our Pathetic Age today, through Mass Appeal/Caroline Australia and while the Californian native admits it was some ominous times that have inspired the new work, he also says there’s light to be found.
“In my part of the world, people are scared,” he says. “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.”
The opening half of this ambitious double album is for the most part instrumental. The second half of the 26 tracks here feature collaborations with the likes of Ghostface Killah, Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Paul Banks and more.