For Good is the first album in nine years by Fog, the Minneapolis experimental collective led by Andrew Broder. In the early years of this millennium, Broder steered Fog from a hip-hop-oriented home recording project into a live band, releasing a series of fascinating records on labels such as Ninja Tune and Lex Records. To give a sense of the project’s idiosyncratic style and extensive range, collaborators over the years have ranged from MF Doom to Phil Elverum to Andrew Bird.
That exploratory approach continues on For Good, which premiered today at Noisey. The darkly symphonic, beat-driven “Jim” and the eerie, piano-based psych-pop title track clearly emerged from the same consciousness despite sounding worlds apart. “Kid Kuma” is bass-booming baroque pop channeling fellow auteurs from Prince to ANOHNI to Jim O’Rourke, while “Father Pop” is like Tobias Jesso through the looking glass. All of those songs are awesome, and there’s much more schizoid genius where that came from. Stream the whole album below.
For Good is out 4/29 on Totally Gross National Product. Pre-order it here.