Last fall, Yves Tumor dropped a surprise album titled Safe In The Hands Of Love. The lo-fi surrealist impression left by the album propelled it onto our list of thebest electronic albums of 2018. A few months later, the Tennessee-born experimental musician and producer shared a fantastic, vulnerable music video for “Noid,” the lead single from the surprise album. Now he’s back with another single, this time from the help of Hirakish and Napolian.
Not shockingly, “Applaud” also drives its way into post-genre territory. A dark yet jauntily angular hip-hop foundation comprises most of the rhythm section, while the rest of the instrumentation skulks behind, confidently paced. Palpable grittiness in the air encases the majority of the vocal work, and a subtle ad-lib crooning in the background crawls its way from the depths of the gloaming. The song wraps with a spoken word proclamation, with a female voice stating, “I don’t know what to do/ But my eyes are on you.”
Listen to “Applaud” below.
“Applaud” is out now on Warp Records.