Iridescence (album)

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Iridescence
Brockhampton Iridescence.jpg
Studio album by Brockhampton
Released September 21, 2018
Studio
Genre
Length 48:49
Label
  • Question Everything
  • RCA
Producer
Brockhampton chronology
Saturation III
(2017)
Iridescence
(2018)

Iridescence (stylized in all lowercase) is the fourth studio and first major label album by American band Brockhampton, released on September 21, 2018 by Question Everything, Inc. and RCA Records. It is the first installment of their The Best Years of Our Lives trilogy. The self-produced album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, as well as the group's own studio in Hawaii. It is their major label debut, as well as their first album since Ameer Vann's departure following sexual misconduct allegations.

Background[edit]

On December 14, 2017, Brockhampton announced their fourth studio album, Team Effort, slated for release in 2018,[1] but in March 2018, they announced that Team Effort had been delayed indefinitely, and that they would instead release their fourth studio album Puppy in mid-2018.[2] The next week, they announced via social media that they had signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records in a deal reportedly worth $15 million for six albums over three years.[3] Puppy was also delayed following allegations of sexual misconduct against founding member Ameer Vann.[4][5] On May 27, Brockhampton announced that Vann would no longer be a part of the group, and cancelled the remainder of their tour dates.[6] Brockhampton has said that they were "lied to" over the situation.

Following Vann's departure, on June 20, the band made their late-night television debut when they appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing "Tonya", accompanied by guest vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Ryan Beatty and Serpentwithfeet, as well as revealing the new title of their upcoming album, The Best Years of Our Lives.[7][8] The next month the group announced a Beats 1 radio show Things We Lost in the Fire Radio,[9] where they debuted a trilogy of singles, "1999 Wildfire", "1998 Truman" and "1997 Diana", released throughout July 2018.[10][11][12]

The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2018, with further recording taking place at the Brockhampton Factory in Hawaii.[13]

Kevin Abstract stated on Twitter that the album was inspired by fourth album by English rock band Radiohead, Kid A, released in October 2000.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

In August, the group announced the album's title, to be released in September,[15] and later announced dates for their new "i'll be there" tour.[16][17] On September 11, they announced a documentary titled The Longest Summer In America set to be released in selected theaters on September 20.[18] The group then released the track listing and artwork for the album.[19] A video for "J'Ouvert" was released the day before the album's release.[20]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Brockhampton's official website.[21]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."New Orleans"
  • Dominique Simpson
  • Ian Simpson
  • Ciarán McDonald
  • Matthew Champion
  • Russell Boring
  • William Wood
  • Romil Hemnani
  • Jabari Manwarring
  • Jaden Smith
  • Hemnani
  • Russell "Joba" Boring
  • Jabari Manwa
  • Bearface
4:03
2."Thug Life"
  • I. Simpson
  • McDonald
  • D. Simpson
  • Hemnani
  • Boring
  • Manwarring
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
  • Bearface
  • Manwa
2:03
3."Berlin"
  • McDonald
  • D. Simpson
  • Champion
  • I. Simpson
  • Boring
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
3:19
4."Something About Him"
  • I. Simpson
  • Isaiah Merriweather
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Kiko Merley
  • Hemnani
  • Manwa
1:34
5."Where the Cash At"
  • Wood
  • Champion
  • Manwarring
  • Hemnani
  • Boring
  • I. Simpson
  • Manwa
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
  • Abstract
1:55
6."Weight"
  • I. Simpson
  • Boring
  • D. Simpson
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Hemnani
  • Abstract
  • Joba
  • Manwa
4:20
7."District"
  • I. Simpson
  • Wood
  • Boring
  • McDonald
  • D. Simpson
  • Champion
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
  • Bearface
  • Manwa
3:32
8."Loophole"HemnaniHemnani0:53
9."Tape"
  • I. Simpson
  • Boring
  • Champion
  • D. Simpson
  • Hemnani
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
3:29
10."J'Ouvert"
  • Manwa
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
3:54
11."Honey"
  • Hemnani
  • Abstract
  • Manwa
  • Merley
3:15
12."Vivid"
  • Champion
  • D. Simpson
  • McDonald
  • I. Simpson
  • Merriweather
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Merley
  • Hemnani
  • Manwa
  • Bearface
2:24
13."San Marcos"
  • Champion
  • I. Simpson
  • McDonald
  • D. Simpson
  • Boring
  • Hemnani
  • Merriweather
  • Manwarring
  • Bearface
  • Hemnani
  • Merley
  • Abstract
  • Joba
  • Manwa
4:47
14."Tonya"
  • McDonald
  • I. Simpson
  • Boring
  • D. Simpson
  • Wood
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Josiah Wise
  • Hemnani
  • Joba
  • McLennon
  • Manwa
  • Bearface
4:43
15."Fabric"
  • I. Simpson
  • D. Simpson
  • Wood
  • Boring
  • McDonald
  • Hemnani
  • Manwarring
  • Hemnani
  • Abstract
  • Manwa
  • McLennon
4:38
Total length:48:49

Notes

  • All track titles stylized in all caps.
  • "New Orleans" features vocals by Jaden Smith.
  • "Thug Life" and "San Marcos" feature vocals by London Community Gospel Choir Children featuring St. Ann's.
  • "Tonya" features vocals by Serpentwithfeet.
  • "Honey" features additional vocals by Kirsty Hopkins.
  • "Fabric" features additional vocals by Ashlan Grey, Matt Champion, Jabari Manwa and Romil Hemnani.

Samples

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Brockhampton's official website.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8257037/brockhampton-new-album-puppy
  2. ^ "Brockhampton Cryptically Delays 'Team Effort'". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Brockhampton Signs With RCA Records". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  4. ^ "BROCKHAMPTON's Ameer Vann Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Responds". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Brockhampton set to delay 'Puppy' album release following Ameer Vann sexual abuse allegations - NME". NME. 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  6. ^ Kim, Michelle (May 27, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Kick Out Ameer Vann Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan; Yoo, Noah (June 21, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Debut New Song "Tonya," Announce New Album on "Fallon": Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 13, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON's First Appearance After Ameer Vann's Exit Happened on "Fallon"". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (July 5, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Announce New Beats 1 Radio Show". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  10. ^ Skelton, Eric (July 7, 2018). "Brockhampton Drops Video For New Song "1999 Wildfire"". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ Strauss, Matthew (July 19, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Share Video for New Song "1998 TRUMAN": Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  12. ^ Kim, Michelle (July 27, 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Share 2 New Songs: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/brckhmptn/status/1040441554966441984
  14. ^ "kevin abstract on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-09-23. 
  15. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/brockhamptons-new-album-out-in-september/
  16. ^ "Brockhampton Announce I'll Be There Tour Dates". Complex. Retrieved 2018-09-13. 
  17. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/brockhampton-announce-north-american-tour/
  18. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/brockhampton-announce-new-documentary-film-share-trailer-watch/
  19. ^ Sodomsky, Sam; Minsker, Evan (14 September 2018). "BROCKHAMPTON Detail New Album Iridescence". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  20. ^ https://www.thefader.com/2018/09/20/brockhampton-jouvert-music-video
  21. ^ a b "IRIDESCENCE". Brockhampton. Retrieved 21 September 2018. 
  22. ^ Bote, Joshua (September 21, 2018). "5 Queerest Moments On Brockhampton's New Album 'Iridescence'". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2018. 

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