Last year, DJ Shadow released his sixth studio album Our Pathetic Age. The follow-up to 2016’s The Mountain Will Fall LP, Our Pathetic Age gave audiences 23 tracks to digest, including jointly-crafted efforts with Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Run the Jewels, Wiki, Dave East and others. Now, continuing to support the aforementioned project, the influential musician is back with a Ryo Kitabatake-helmed video for one of Our Pathetic Age‘s standout selections, “Slingblade.” Besides Kitabatake, visual design studio WOW inc. and producer Ko Yamamoto also played a hand in this clip’s creation.
“More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions,” DJ Shadow previously shared in an official press statement on Our Pathetic Age. “There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album… there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in.
A double album, Our Pathetic Age will deliver 23 new tracks to listeners, including collaborations with Nas, Run the Jewels, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch, Raekwon Ghostface Killah, Wiki, Dave East and more.
For more, revisit DJ Shadow’s music video for “Rocket Fuel.”