When an Aesop Rock record drops, it’s an event. Add in the fact that’s it’s been five years since None Shall Pass, and Skelethon becomes the rap version of Christmas in July.
Each bar is meant to be unwrapped.
Early on, “Fryerstarter” appears, but it’s more than just a highlight. Ian Bavitz, a lifelong New Yorker and sole member of Aesop Rock, moved to San Francisco a few years ago. The first verse he wrote for Skelethon was for “Fryer,” an ode to Bob’s Donut and Pastry shop. Coincidentally, it’s the place in San Fran that most reminded him of New York. That sense of comfort is carried throughout, making for a consistently compelling record.
Skelethon has a vision: the warped aesthetic goes beyond the words and extends to the album art and beats, produced exclusively by Ian. It’s not exactly beach music—
it’s the soundtrack to internal chaos, eloquently articulated.
WITH ROB SONIC AND DJ BIG WIZ
PARADISE ROCK CLUB
967 COMM. AVE.