Although it was slated to release on May 5th, Oddisee‘s new The Good Fight album has been unveiled, digitally, to the world. The project is all Oddisee, as he produced the entire project with limited features from Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Gary Clarke Jr., and Tranqill. Read a bit more and listen below. You can purchase for only $8.99 from Bandcamp.
For Oddisee, “The Good Fight” is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It’s music that yields an intangible feeling: the sacral sound of an organ whine, brass horns, or a cymbal crash. It’s a meditation on our capacity to love and the bonds binding us together. It’s our ambition and greed warring with our sense of propriety – a list of paradoxes we all face when living and striving.
Oddisee’s production simmers in its own orchestral gumbo. You sense he’s really a jazzman in different form, inhabiting the spirit of Roy Ayers and other past greats. The Fader’s compared him to a musical MC Escher, calling hailing his “grandiose and symphonic sound” and “relevant relatable messages.” Pitchfork praised his “eclectic soulful boom-bap.”