An Ode to Skelethon

Is it worth me celebrating six year anniversaries? Not really but its worth me reminding you lot what’s good or even introducing you to some new oldish shit you never heard before. I had been an Aesop Rock fan since Labor Days but this album was a change of lane for him as far as I was concerned. It was the first project where I felt like his production came into its own; it all seemed less convoluted than on previous jawns. It’s also sounded a lot more reflective and personal than his earlier efforts. I think it was his first album since Camu died, which would obviously have an impact. Lines like “Here is how a great escape goes/When you can’t take your dead friends names out your phone” resonated a lot with me back then and still do today. Loss had been a big part of my life for the years leading up to that point and I found myself latching onto anything that gave me a semblance of unity – like I wasn’t the only one fighting these thoughts. Same as the entire end section of Gopher Guts – “I have been completely unable to maintain any semblance of relationship on any level/I have been a bastard to the people who have actively attempted to deliver me from peril…” (it goes on). Well I was in a dark place of my own making at that point and this was the first time in a long time where it felt like someone had made a song out of my thoughts; just scooped them out of the darkness and made something beautiful. All of this made me obsess over the album and six years later it remains in heavy rotation. I urge you all to give it a spin. Not saying you will find the same emotional investment as I did, but it is a stunning piece of art regardless.

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