Beak & Claw - EP
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||Museum Day||s / s / s||6:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Beyond Any Doubt||s / s / s||3:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||If This Is Real||s / s / s||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Octomom||s / s / s||4:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
s/s/s is the three-way collaboration of baroque-folk bard Sufjan Stevens, razor-witted Anticon rapper Serengeti, and New York City composer Son Lux. The idea for the motley partnership stems back to 2009, when Stevens met Serengeti. They enlisted Lux’s help, and nearly three years later Beak & Claw was born. The EP opens with the six-minute “Museum Day.” Over spare piano notes, Stevens sings through Auto-Tune without a hint of irony. Out of nowhere, Serengeti’s lackadaisical rhyming coasts in on a bed of beats as he raps about celebrity decadence in a fantasy setting. But it’s really Lux’s glitchy orchestration, hard-panned cymbals, and backing vocal arrangements that bring this song to life. “Beyond Any Doubt” follows, with darker tones and themes as mechanized beats move over haunting keyboard trills. It sets the tone for Serengeti’s musing on the tug-of-war between dream pursuits and financial hardship. My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden gives '40s-inspired vocals to “If This Is Real,” resulting in an Art of Noise feel. The album wraps with “Octomom,” an avant-disco jam.
Anticon is Amazing
If you are a fan of Anticon Records you will love this, but if your more of a Sufjan fan then this album is just ok. Dose One is amazing. Thanks for action going beyond one genre of music, this is a great Ep.
wonderful potential but unfinished
You were probably as excited as I was when you saw this collab announced. the 3 names together would be enough to generate revenue on this EP without pre-listens. Don't get me wrong, it's a great effort and definitely worth a listen and a nod for its attempt but ultimately seems unfinished. Sufjan experiments with his renewed obsession with electronic textures while Son Lux generates sweeping and roomy atmospherical sounds. This sets up the energetic backdrop for Serengeti's sincere stream-of-concious spoken word filled with strangely placed emphatic pauses and Sufjan's autotuned vocals. While this description seems like a dream, it comes across as a competition at times, with Serengeti's rhythmic energy sometimes falling completely flat amidst the moving sound backing him. Sufjan's corrected vocals sound overused, almost as if to be ironic but instead comes off stale. All things considered, "If This is Real" is still a solid track with hyperactive guest vocals from My Brightest Diamond making a great match with the weird electronic structure of the EP. I love many moments on this album. I believe if more time was spent in post-production, a really wonderful album could have emerged.
Real good change of pace but still sounds like music
love every part of this. I like that it is different but not just a platter of sounds that don't fit at all like a lot of experimental music these days. tasty for the ears. wonderful colab
Years Active: '10s