On “Drunk”, Thundercat‘s soulful delivery is distilled into twenty-three tracks of truly psychedelic variety, themes flit between romance to late night sessions hitting the bottle. Each track appears and drifts out of view within a short space of time, but with so many on offer, this truly adds to the charm. His smooth as butter cinematic orchestration sees each track spill into the next with a head dizzying cheers. Delivering his vocals in a somewhat spoken word style, Thundercat uses the laid back vibe that has come to characterise his music to crowbar in some rather sordid ideas and dark thoughts, this is non so evident as on “Bus In These Streets” where his halftime vox give the real world daily horror of reading the news with the immortal line “From the minute I wake up, I’m staring at the screen, watching the world go insane” when sung over a tipsy fusion backdrop the urge to want to take a sip of something strong is evident.
While starting out as an upbeat record of punch-drunk jazz-fusion and psychedelic soul, as it progresses onwards it becomes clear that behind the bleary-eyed grin, Thundercat uses the album to carry through some rather staunch transcripts based around alcoholism, anxiety & heartbreak. All of this makes for an utterly compelling record that once you start to drink it up, it’s hard to fight the urge to revisit “Drunk” night after night after night.