Looks like the internet was right after all. Earlier this week we reported on the appearance of pre-order links on Amazon for a new Childish Gambino album, Awaken, My Love! Despite being taken down in a little under a day, they have now been replaced with the confirmation of a new project from the multi-talented Mr. Glover which is indeed set to drop Friday, December 2.
In support of this announcement ‘Bino released the first single from the new album, “Me And Your Mama”. At six minutes long there is always a worry that the song will drag, but thankfully this isn’t the case. The first two minutes lull the listener into a false sense of security by introducing a languid and spaced-out atmospheric vibe before a heavy 60s rock groove replaces it. You’ll find it hard not to want to drop your head to it.
The song certainly represents a change of direction for Childish Gambino, as he nearly screams his way through the following two minutes. Don’t let this put you off though, it is always tasteful and in addition there is a good use of falsetto.
Just to really throw the listener off, after the four minute mark the song scales right back again to something resembling the initial two minutes, this time maintaining the rock edge and giving you a chance to calm down again.
Of course, changing your musical style this much is always a risk, as there is the possibility of alienating your core fanbase. Fans of Childish Gambino shouldn’t worry, however, as if the album is as well thought-through as this single, they’re going to be putting it on repeat.