“You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.” That’s how Shlohmo ends the press release blurb announcing his new full-length album, Dark Red. Since the release of his 2011 breakthrough, the Los Angeles-based artist has worked with alt-R&B stars like Jeremih and Banks, lending his murky and menacing edge to some more mainstream fare. Back on his solo work — the best of which is on full display on new single “Buried” — he’s as dark and mystifying as ever, transforming cascading synths into warning cries over an expansive seven minutes. Check out the new song, some words from Shlomo, and a tracklist for the new album below.
When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.
The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.
01 “Ten Days Of Falling”
02 “Meet Ur Maker”
04 “Emerge From Smoke”
05 “Slow Descent”
Dark Red is out 4/7 via True Panther/WeDidIt.