Thundercat – "Heartbreaks + Setbacks"

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Thundercat - Heartbreaks and Setbacks

If you’ve ever listened to Thundercat before, you will know that he has one of the most distinguishable sounds in the electro-soul scene. His first album, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, which was produced by Flying Lotus, defined Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat) as a soft-spoken crooner that showed an affinity for crisp and rich soundscapes. His music, which incorporates elements of jazz and hip-hop, divulge a certain eloquence that is no more prominent than in his latest release, “Heartbreaks + Setbacks.”

As one might expect given a title of such simplicity and modern appeal, “Heartbreaks + Setbacks” emits a quite contemporary jazz feel. Swelling synths and sprawling keys cascade over the forward-thinking beats while Bruner fronts the single with his nimble bass playing and embellished lyrical work. Most notable about Brunner’s vocals in this single, however, is the deep-rooted resemblance to John Legend. It’s as if Mr. Legend took on a much more cutting-edge approach to his music, only to find himself layered in Flying Lotus‘ incredibly crafted productions. While the idea of Legend doing something as far-fetched as this, is hard to grasp, you will have no trouble imagining it after listening to Brunner do his thing in this drop-dead gorgeous single below:

Matt Pendrill

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