Earl Sweatshirt is the youngest member of the California skate-rap collective Odd Future, and he’s been missing in action ever since the crew came to prominence in mid-2010, even though his album EARL is probably the most compulsively listenable thing to come out of the crew. Some pretty reliable sources have supposedly discovered Earl at a youth camp in troubled Samoa, where, legend has it, his mother sent him after getting worried about the music he was making. Others have disputed that. But as far as we can tell, Earl appears to be back now, with a new song and everything.
After teasing the new track with a video and a Twitter account, this alleged Earl today posted a link to his new website, Terttle Fer, which has a stream of the new song “Home.” And yes, it really does sound like Earl, with all those twisted-up, remarkably complicated deadeyed rhymes over a diffuse, washed-out soul sample. It’s less than two minutes long, and it’s definitely worth a listen. Click here to hear it.