A New Album From Earl Sweatshirt
When I saw Earl Sweatshirt live in December at the Santa Ana Observatory, he performed a few songs for the first time off of the album he would later drop in March—I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt. Each new song arose during the live set following a brief rant about how the majority of his old music is “sad shit,” or pieces that he deemed too somber to set the right mood for his audience. His latest album’s tone, on the other hand, is neither somber nor angry, but rather reflective. Its addition to his repertoire follows suite with the trends evident in his first two albums, Earl and Doris. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside sees the continued development of Earl’s voice while featuring a distinct sound from the artist. In addition, every song on I don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, excluding “Off Top,” is produced by Earl himself. His holistic involvement throughout the album seems to further lend to the new voice presented.
“Huey” serves as a strong start to Earl’s album. He lays his verses over an extremely catchy medley of drums and an organ, and it immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album.
“Faucet” is a holistically sound song. The minimalistic beats and production as well as the developed lyrics lend well to one another. Granted, Earl has had quite a few songs that have served host to beautiful lyrics, but the words that make up “Faucet” were meaningful in a distinct way than those in “Chum”. Regardless, each time Earl repeats “And I don’t know who house to call home lately,” I find myself getting drawn right back into the song.
“Wool” featuring Vince Staples is one of those songs that is easy to casually listen to on loop for quite a bit of time. I’ve also been a massive fan of the Vince/Earl dynamic since I saw the pair perform live together a few months ago. The two’s distinct voices play off well from one another in all of their collaborative tracks.
Overall, the album is refreshing and, although characteristically dark in nature, an easy listen. A mix of solid lyrics, minimalistic production, and a cohesive overall sound lends well to Earl’s development.
Check out the full-length album here or on Earl’s Spotify page!