Childish Gambino has confirmed that his 3rd full length album, “Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote Records) is set for release on Dec. 2, 2016. Ηis social media accounts revealed the album’s cover, track listing and a link to the album’s pre-order. First track, “Me and Your Mama” was debuted by Zane Lowe as a Beats 1 World Record. Zane played the song 6 times in a row, a record for the program, with additional plays throughout the show. The track is available here.
As Childish Gambino once again sheds his skin, “Awaken My Love!” is a sonic evolution. It has been described as “R&B meets Pink Floyd,” by one journalist while others have cited an amalgam of rock, funk, and soul influences. It is a groundbreaking next step following the genre blending STN MTN / Kauai mixtape and the twice-Grammy nominated rap album, because the internet.
Breaking the mold and creating fully-formed, alternate worlds is a trademark of this creator, who presented “Awaken My Love!” first at his PHAROS festival in Joshua Tree, CA last September. To attend, fans utilized the scalper-proof PHAROS app which served as a “compass” that guided guests and communicated the ethos of both the event and the new music as “a gathering of the 5 intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language.”
Reactions to “Awaken, My Love!” from PHAROS hinted to expect the unexpected.