Thundercat has released the fourth single from the jazz bassist’s forthcoming studio album It Is What It Is, titled, “Interstellar Love”.
Released on Thursday, “Interstellar Love” hears the bassist and singer explore the jazz roots that have made him such a renowned performer and hired hand musician over the last decade. Like some of the tracks to be featured on It Is What It Is–due out Friday via Brainfeeder–”Interstellar Live” features more guest collaborations, this time from Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Thundercat’s brother, percussionist Ronald Bruner Jr.
The song’s opening lyrics are somewhat obfuscated by dreamlike effects, combined with swirling percussion and dizzying saxophone. Under all of these dense layers, Cat sings, “Nothing is yours, nothing is mine/We are decaying over time/I’m going to find someone to love/Let’s go together, interstellar love.”
While the song is cut to a lean 2:43 minutes in length, the ethereal soundscape that Thundercat and company create is one that could stretch on into the cosmos, like the “Interstellar Love” the song sings of. “Interstellar Love” is a taste of the more traditional sounds of Thundercat that are also balanced out by his hip-hop leaning tendencies.
Listen to Thundercat’s new song featuring Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Ronald Bruner Jr. below.
Thundercat – “Interstellar Love”
“Interstellar Love” joins previously released It Is What It Is singles “Black Qualls“, “Fair Chance“, and “Dragonball Durag“. The album is also set to include still-unheard guest features from Childish Gambino, Louis Cole, and BADBADNOTGOOD when it’s released tomorrow, April 3rd.
Thundercat was scheduled to be on the road right now promoting the album, but like virtually all musical acts was forced to cancel his tour in response to the spread of COVID-19. Stay tuned to his website for future announcements.