Fashion Week (album)

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Fashion Week
Fashion Week cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Death Grips
Released January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)
Genre
Length 47:48
Label Third Worlds
Producer Death Grips
Death Grips chronology
Government Plates
(2013)
Fashion Week
(2015)
The Powers That B
(2015)

Fashion Week is an instrumental soundtrack by experimental hip hop group Death Grips. It was self-released, available for free, on January 4, 2015 via Third Worlds, without any prior announcement.[2] It was the band's first release after their supposed disbandment in 2014, and also the first release to not feature vocals from frontman MC Ride.

Background[edit]

Fashion Week was described by the group as a “soundtrack.”[1] A leaked .zip file was shared via Reddit in late-2014, containing 6 tracks from the album and 2 unreleased tracks, but was initially dismissed by fans as fake.[3] The song titles, follow as: "Runway J", "Runway E" and so on; acrostically spelling out the phrase "JENNY DEATH WHEN", in reference to the clamor surrounding the upcoming second disc of The Powers That B.[4]

The album art features an image of artist Sua Yoo, who designed the band's cover art for The Money Store.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!7/10[5]
Spin7/10[6]
Pitchfork(6.6/10)[7]

Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! stated: "The noticeable absence of MC Ride's commanding roar will no doubt be a point of accessibility for those just discovering the group's music, though it would be a welcome way to liven up some of the more drawn out, repetitive instrumental moments."[5] Spin critic Dan Weiss wrote: "Fashion Week is very different from any other Death Grips album just for being so linear, and while Stefan Burnett's guttural, performance art-ish MCing is missed, their astoundingly dark and imaginative sonic palette remains intact." Weiss also stated: "Fashion Week tempts one to think of Nine Inch Nails' similarly vocal-less online souvenir Ghosts I-IV" [6] Nate Patrin of Pitchfork criticized the album's lack of vocals, stating: "The album needs the percussive abrasion of his [MC Ride's] voice, and digging into some of the more typical slabs of Death Grips' instrumental tendencies doesn't unearth much more than a pretty solid workout soundtrack. "[7] The Quietus critic Calum Bradbury-Sparvell described the album as "the most vibrant and least menacing collection of tracks Death Grips have released."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Runway J"4:09
2."Runway E"3:14
3."Runway N"2:42
4."Runway N(2)"3:01
5."Runway Y"4:01
6."Runway D"4:43
7."Runway E(2)"3:25
8."Runway A"3:37
9."Runway T"2:36
10."Runway H"4:29
11."Runway W"3:29
12."Runway H(2)"3:35
13."Runway E(3)"2:21
14."Runway N(3)"2:01
Total length:47:48

Personnel[edit]

Death Grips
  • Zach Hill – drums
  • Andy Morin – keyboards, programming
  • Nick Reinhart - guitar (Track 12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Death Grips release surprise instrumental album Fashion Week". The Guardian. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Young, Alex (January 5, 2015). "Death Grips release instrumental album Fashion Week — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Dan (January 5, 2015). "Death Grips release surprise instrumental 'soundtrack' album – listen". NME. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Phillips, Amy (January 4, 2015). "Death Grips Release Surprise Instrumental Album Fashion Week". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Slingerland, Calum (January 9, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Weiss, Dan (January 6, 2015). "Death Grips Rise From the Dead With the Explosive 'Fashion Week'". Spin. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Patrin, Nate (January 13, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Bradbury-Sparvell, Calum (January 15, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". The Quietus. Retrieved January 18, 2015.

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