Thundercat - Apocalypse

Thundercat - Apocalypse

I wasn’t really sure what I was hearing when I was listening to Apocalypse. It sounded like a soundtrack to a film or a video game, yet also like a progressive rock album. 'Jazz fusion' is the term I think I should use.

Stephen Bruner, taking up the stage name Thundercat, likes to play on a six-string bass guitar and mix up the sound with funk, pop, electronica and an unforgettable high voice, which he uses to compliment the music, not to hog the thunder (pun not intended). The music is very soothing; it completely ignores the style of the songs Thundercat performed during his stint with crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, instead it embraces the jazz roots of his musical family.

The biggest joy I had with this record was listening to the bass lines, with nearly every song making great use of the instrument. Thundercat’s soulful voice sings sparingly, giving his bass lines the opportunity to take centre stage, such as on ‘Seven’ and the instrumental ‘The Life Aquatic’.

The songs sound consistent, but most of the tracks sound different to the one before and after in structure. It’s quite a short album, just missing the 40 minute mark, so you never feel like things are going on for too long.

Will you like this album? This will be a matter of your taste in music, as it’s an adventurous record. I liked it, but I don’t think I’m his target audience.

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