With key contributions this year to highly acclaimed albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington, Thundercat also found time to release his third solo effort, albeit in the form of a six-track, 16-minute EP. No complaints, however, as one of the most singular voices in bass continues to sculpt his intoxicating blend of extended harmonies, falsetto vocals, and midrange-minded 6-string—this time addressing the solemn themes of loss, vulnerability, and the afterlife. “Hard Times,” the opening vocal-and-bass-chord meditation, sets the reflective pace (book-ended by the haunting interlude “That Moment”). “Song for the Dead” uses a tribal beat and melodically linked arpeggios to deliver its celestial-sendoff subject matter. Filtered bass, unrelated chord leaps, and a backbeat add emphasis to the tale of heartbreak in “Them Changes.” “Lone Wolf and Cub” serves as the centerpiece, a trippy groove lushly layered with basses, vocals, horns, keyboards (including Herbie Hancock), and Flying Lotus flourishes, which segues into a B-side of hypnotic, interlocked basses. The visual title track ends matters on a brighter note, though the shadows linger in the tensions of the upper voicings.