MC and producer Aesop Rock has just unveiled a brand new single and accompanying music video titled “Rogue Wave.” The new track, which follows 2019’s acclaimed release, Malibu Ken, sees the rapper working towards yet another new recording. The “Rogue Wave” video clip was shot by frequent visual collaborator Rob Shaw.
Commenting on the track, Aesop Rock said, “‘Rogue Wave’ feels like a long journal entry to me – perhaps in the vein of ‘Hot Dogs’ and ‘Klutz.‘ I really enjoy skipping the hook entirely. It doesn’t always work – but when it does it just feels right. To me, this song is a small boat lost at sea, rowing for hours, days, losing all track of time and direction – 360 degrees of nothing but ocean. I’ve been a little timid over the years to showcase my own drawings, probably because I’ve been out of practice, and also because people know me for my music. That said – I’ve been drawing a fair amount in recent years, and finally decided to collect a lot of the images together for a music video. My long time collaborator and friend Rob Shaw pieced them together in a way that feels similar to the song – an uninterrupted stream of information.”
“Rogue Wave” is out now on all DSPs, plus a 7″ vinyl version (limited to 1000 copies) featuring both the song and the instrumental, and including a two-sided print featuring the artwork and the song lyrics, all designed by artist Justin Kaufman AKA Coro, can be pre-ordered now here. A portion of the new single’s sales will be donated to the Hayashi family in honour of Rock’s good friend and skate videographer Kurt Hayashi who recently and unexpectedly passed away.