The Flatbush-hailing, third-eye opening, zombie-affiliated duo Underachievers have put up their second studio album, Evermore: The Art of Duality, on NPR for streaming a week before its official release on September 25, 2015.
- Issa Gold and AK sound reinvigorated, flowing with an urgency that seemed missing on post-Indigoism projects like the lackluster Lords of Flatbush tape.
- The Underachievers still seem to be working actively to differentiate themselves from their Beast Coast affiliates. Evermore continues to deviate from the ’90s-boom-bap-worship characteristic of Pro Era and instead moves toward a spacey jazz-tinged sound palette more reflective of the duo’s move to Brainfeeder. The duo’s music, while also fascinated with the revelatory aspect of psychedelics, is more interested in spiritual introspection and the duality between mind and body than the Flatbush Zombies‘.
- About halfway through, the record makes a deliberate transition from a spacey Brainfeeder vibe to higher-energy beats complete with chest-resonating bass and trappy hi-hats for Issa and AK to spit over.
What do you think? Have The Underachievers evolved in any substantial way since last year’s Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium? Listen below and let us know what you think.