Splendor & Misery is an experimental concept album from clipping. Sub Pop, the outfit’s label, describes the record: Splendor & Misery is an Afrofuturist, dystopian concept album that follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him. Thinking he is alone and lost in space, the character discovers music in the ship’s shuddering hull and chirping instrument panels.
Splendor & Misery is the second studio album by experimental hip hop group clipping. released on September 9, 2016. The music video for "Baby Don't Sleep" was released on July 26, 2016. The second single and music video "Air 'Em Out" was released on August 24, 2016. The album, with a mix of futuristic and classical instrumentation, tells the story of an enslaved person, referred to as Cargo in the future in outer space. It is an example of afrofuturism.
Splendor & Misery by clipping. released 09 September 2016 1. Long Way Away (Intro) 2. The Breach 3. All Black 4. Interlude 01 (Freestyle) 5. Wake Up 6. Long Way Away 7. Interlude 02 (Numbers) 8. True Believer 9. Long Way Away (Instrumental) 10. Air 'Em Out 11. Interlude 03 (Freestyle) 12. Break the Glass 13. Story 5 14. Baby Don't Sleep 15. A Better Place Clipping formed in Los Angeles in 2009. retronomad What a trip. It's seriously some next level shit, from it's production, direction, use of sampling, electronics, lyrics, flow, etc etc etc. It's a complete package and so far my top discovered album of 2019. I'm just mad I didn't discover it sooner.
s latest full-length, Splendor & Misery, might just be their most challenging release yet. It’s a hip-hop space opera of sorts, one that, according to the band, follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him. Calling the album high-concept feels like an understatement. This is the rare rap release that draws inspiration in equal parts from prog-rock and P-funk. Certainly, it’s difficult to question the quality of the raw materials used here. As with much of clipping. s work, the ambition is admirable: using a rap album for an Afrofuturist take on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unfortunately, most of Splendor & Misery’s songs rely on the narrative to propel them forward, not the other way around. Many of these tracks lack an identifiable rhythm section and feel more like spoken-word.
Splendor & Misery follows 2014′s CLPPNG. Another outstanding stage in the rapper’s evolution, one that involves very little rapping.
Splendor & Misery is about many things, but all of these are about the shackles of being born black in the West. These memories of oppression and the narrative of survival live on in all my black siblings - I might only be partly black, and I’m not even American, but clipping. made this record so much more than just America. It’s something universal.
|A1||Long Way Away (Intro)||1:05|
|A4||Interlude 01 (Freestyle)||1:35|
|A6||Long Way Away||1:30|
|A7||Interlude 02 (Numbers)||1:04|
|B1||Long Way Away (Instrumental)||0:51|
|B2||Air 'Em Out||3:50|
|B3||Interlude 03 (Freestyle)||1:09|
|B4||Break the Glass||2:21|
|B6||Baby Don't Sleep||3:07|
|B7||A Better Place||4:26|
|SP1173, DBA 150||Clipping.||Splendor & Misery (CD, Album)||Sub Pop, Deathbomb Arc||SP1173, DBA 150||US||2016|
|ProCD242||Clipping.||Splendor & Misery (CD, Album, Promo, Cle)||Sub Pop||ProCD242||US||2016|
|SP1173, DBA150||Clipping.||Splendor & Misery (LP, Album, Ltd, Cle)||Sub Pop, Deathbomb Arc||SP1173, DBA150||US||2016|
|SP1173, DBA 150||Clipping.||Splendor & Misery (LP, Promo)||Sub Pop, Deathbomb Arc||SP1173, DBA 150||US||2016|
|SP1173, DBA150||Clipping.||Splendor & Misery (Cass, Album)||Sub Pop, Deathbomb Arc||SP1173, DBA150||US||2016|