BY ZO • SEPT 21 2019
DJ Shadow has announced his sixth studio album, Our Pathetic Age.
The project will arrive as a double album on November 15th via Mass Appeal Records. According to Pitchfork, the album will be split into two sections. The first 11 songs are entirely instrumental and include the producer’s first orchestral composition. The remaining 12 tracks feature a massive list of guest performances from De La Soul (on the album’s lead single, “Rocket Fuel,”) Nas, Run The Jewels, Wiki, Pharaohe Monch, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, and more.
“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. 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 signpost in the ground to mark the era…Our Pathetic Age.”