Minneapolis-based indie rapper Astronautalis has gone five years without the release of a new album, and that wait is no more as the artist is streaming his newest and fifth full-length album Cut The Body Loose ahead of it’s worldwide release on May 13th. Stream is available below and you can still pre-order on iTunes or Vinyl/CD now.
While Cut The Body Loose may seem like Astronautalis’ most aggressive album to date, to call it angry or pessimistic would be to miss the point. Named for an aspect of a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral when the music guides grievers from heavy, insurmountable suffering to a full-on raucous celebration in the streets, Cut The Body Loose is the sonic equivalent of that same liberating process.
In his own words, Astronautalis explains that “the world is fucked in a lot of ways,” but that we can’t let that defeat us and halt our progress towards the good.
“You can use those circumstances to make a small change. I’m not talking about recycling– I’m talking about finding happiness inside the framework of what can easily be a crushing amount of sadness you see in the world around you.”