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Sole from Sole and the Skyrider Band: The New Noam Chomsky

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By: Eric Steingold
May 24, 2011
Tim “Sole” Holland is, by any measure, a fiery man. This typified intensity has found its way onto Sole’s newest tracks “Pianos Falling” and “Hello Cruel World” in anticipation of his upcoming full length with his outfit The Skyrider Band, also titled Hello Cruel World, dropping July 19th on Fake Four Records.

Like his contemporaries Aesop Rock and El-P, Sole has built his small, albeit dedicated, fan base creating dense and politically enraging rap music, going so far as stating his utter disgust with modern capitalism and imposing himself into an exile from the modern world before the release of Plastique.

MP3: Sole and the Skyrider Band - "Pianos Falling)" (w/ Tobacco

MP3: Sole and the Skyrider Band - "Hello Cruel World" (Alias Remix w/ WHY?'s Yoni Wolf)

“Pianos Falling” and “Hello Cruel World” are no different. The songs ramshackle along with the density of a lead pipe. Of course, this isn’t anything necessarily new for Sole; we’re talking about a man who admires Atlas Shrugged with an almost fanatical compassion, and who can rattle off references to Phillip K. Dick novels and Noam Chomsky idealism with snobbish insouciance, as is apparent from the video, aptly titled “I Think I’m Noam Chomsky” (see above). The infectious song is obligatory to understanding the shrewdness of Sole’s message; he has even stated himself that Chomsky’s work really set the framework for where he stands ideologically. Quite understandably, it’s no wonder then why we don’t hear about Sole in the mainstream – the average listener would rather “do it with no hands,” for lack of a better word, than actually sit down and digest the true esoteric academia that classifies Sole and The Skyrider Band’s sound. This is what makes Sole such a polarizing figure in today’s world: A rapper and producer whose words and messages are as layered as David Foster Wallace’s prose; at a certain point, it becomes almost an exhaustive listen.

However, Sole’s music, while it may be too eccentric for some, is a breath of fresh air for others. That is why he has been able to secure several high profile guest appearances on his forthcoming album. Among the names on the release are Twitter sensation Lil B The Based God, Xiu Xiu, Sage Francis, and more. It seems as though the biggest hip hop revolution of the summer will in fact not be televised. Rather, it will roar through your headphones July 19th, with the sharp-witted astuteness of Sole’s blistering rhymes.

Sole and the Skyrider Band: Hello Cruel World Track List:
01 Napoleon (feat. Xiu Xiu)
02 D.I.Y.
03 Hello Cruel World
04 Fire
05 Bad Captain Swag (feat. Lil B & Pictureplane)
06 We Will Not Be Moved (feat. Ceschi & Noah23)
07 Possimism
08 Home Ain't Shit (written by Pedestrian)
09 Formal Designation 134340
10 Immortality
11 Progress Trap (feat. Sage Francis)
12Vaya Con Diablo (feat. Isaiah Toothtaker, Mestizo & Ceschi)
13 Villon

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