Aesop Rock Opens “The Gates” Ahead of ‘Spirit World Field Guide’ Album

blame it on Shake September 9, 2020

A new album from Aesop Rock is on the horizon.

Four years after The Impossible Kid, the gifted emcee (and producer… and illustrator… and, you get the point) will release his seventh studio album, Spirit World Field Guide, on November 13th via Rhymesayers Ent.

The collection, as explained in a press statement, is a concept album of sorts; a guide to an upside-down world illustrated across 21 insightful chapters of firsthand know-how of the terrain, wildlife, and social customs of our parallel universe, rife with hallucinatory images of killer eels, magic spells, and people on the run, peppered among anecdotes, recipes, survival tips, warnings, maps, drawings, and more.

“If you are among the countless individuals who find themselves feeling both dead and alive at the same time, the information contained within may serve as an invaluable asset to your journey,” Aesop says. “Godspeed and good luck.”

To help kick off the campaign, Aesop has shared a video for the lead single, “The Gates,” directed by the talented Rob Shaw, utilizing illustrations by Justin “Coro” Kaufman, who also designed the album cover above.