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Garbology

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When Aesop Rock debuted in the late 90s with Music For Earthwormsand Appleseed, Blockhead was also a part of the process, not only as aproducer, but also helping coordinate sales of the CDRs to hungry HipHop fans. Blockhead and Aesop continued to collaborate, creating an impressive list of songs along the way, including two of Aesop’s mostpopular songs to date; “Daylight” and “None Shall Pass”. In recent years,Blockhead has contributed production, as well as remixes, to manyof Aesop’s solo releases and group projects, and Aesop has made ahandful of guest features on Blockhead’s solo projects, but in all thattime, Aesop and Block have never done a full album together, until now!

Garbology came together over the course of the pandemic, as well as inthe midst of Aesop processing the loss of a close friend in January of 2020,resulting in a period of time of feeling uncreative. Looking back on thattime that feels both like yesterday and forever-ago, Aesop recalls, “Theworld got real weird during those months. I knew at some point I had toget back to making something. Make a beat. Draw a picture. Write. Justgo. But the idea of making a beat felt like math homework, and drawing isjust so hard. Writing is hard too, but at some point I had to pick one.” Withwriting as the chosen path, Aesop hit up Blockhead to send over somebeats. At the beginning there wasn’t a plan for an album, or any particularplan beyond creating some songs. However, it wasn’t long before one
song became a few, and then a handful, until finally an album was born.

Garbology encapsulates the soundtrack of current times, capturing asnapshot of Aes and Block expressing a means of entertaining themselvesin the midst of less social interactions than usual, “anchored on agoulash of cabin fever, fear, anger and boredom”, as Aesop describes it.

As for the album title, Aesop explains, “Garbology is defined as the studyof the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about socialor cultural patterns. I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea ofpicking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeingwhat’s really there. It’s information that speaks to who I am, who we are,and how we move forward. Furthermore - the idea of digging through old,often neglected music from another time with an ear tuned for taking inthat data in a different way than your average listener would is exactlywhat Tony does. Go through the information and see what you find.”

TRACK LISTING

1. The Only Picture
2. Jazz Hands
3. Wolf Piss
4. Legerdemain
5. Difficult
6. All The Smartest People
7. Oh Fudge
8. More Cycles
9. Flamingo Pink
10. All Day Breakfast(feat. Homeboy Sandman)
11. Fizz
12. That Is Not A Wizard
13. The Sea
14. Abandoned Malls

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