R&B electro-deconstructionist Shlohmo announced Dark Red, the follow-up to his 2011 debut, on Tuesday, and the sophomore release promises to be even more complex, darker, and louder than Bad Vibes. The 25-year-old Los Angeles native started work on the record two years ago when he had “just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues.”
“I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not,” he said in a press release. “The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”
Shlohmo also shared “Burial,” the first single from the upcoming release, and the sinister-sounding track showcases his raw production and complicated, layered sounds. Dark Red is slated for a April 7 release date.