Brockhampton Drops New Album 'Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine'

Brockhampton Drops New Album 'Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine'

Brockhampton Drops New Album 'Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine'

Features include A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg

Features include A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg

Text: Ayesha Le Breton

The LA-based boyband releases their sixth, and penultimate album. Well so says bandleader, Kevin Abstract, perhaps words not to be taken too seriously as this wouldn’t be first time they’ve claimed retiring the collective—2017’s ‘Saturation III’ was promoted as “the last studio album by Brockhampton.”

‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’ cover, Question Everything/ RCA Records

For the first time, the group welcomes a roster of featured vocalists to their album endeavors, venturing beyond their fairly closed ranks and collaborators. Including the likes of rappers A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, ‘Roadrunner’s’ tracks also boast bars from Danny Brown, and smooth melodies from Charlie Wilson. This departure in approach bodes well, delivering listeners an eclectic yet inspiring lineup.

Danny Brown kicks off the album with ‘Buzzcut,’ where his characteristically untamable, frantic energy is on full display. New textures are brought forward by Rocky’s echoes in the chorus of ‘BankRoll,’ while somewhere along the line JPEGMAFIA raps of Dua Lipa, Duo Lingo and more. Joba reaches inwards, casting vocals of deep trauma, narrating the album’s emotional epicenter ‘The Light.’ ““The light is worth the wait, I promise,” he sings, approaching some form of resolution to his pain: “Even though I’m mad, even though you’re gone, you live on / And the day I have kids, I’ll tell ’em ’bout Grandpa and how great he is.”

The 13 member, group of twentysomethings have been on a whirlwind rollercoaster since their 2017 breakthrough trilogy, which was shortly followed by 2018’s Irredescence and 2019’s Ginger. ‘Roadrunner’ marks their sixth album in four years. Their mix of high-octane, chill pop and rugged skate-punk vibes set forth a new breed of boy-band.

Over the next few days, Brockhampton will be celebrating the album’s release via livestream performance. Tickets are available at momenthouse.com/brockhampton.

 

 

Credits: Images courtesy of Instagram/@brckhmptn

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