The grooves are as strong as ever, the stylistic diversity is just as nonchalant, and the dazzling chops are still inspiring, but Thundercat’s sophomore album is a giant leap forward in terms of production and vocals. This 6-string monster’s signature tonal palette, which includes “outside” harmonies, silliness, and deeply heartfelt emotion, just got a couple steps closer to being widely appreciated.
Thundercat: Astral Traveler
It’s impossible not to notice THUNDERCAT. In a comic-book world, he’d be the stocky, bearded black superhero wearing flashy socks with sandals, low-slung black jeans, a smart piece by Rad Hourani or Dries Van Noten, and a knit cap with Ewok ears; onstage, he might sport a Native American headpiece atop his custom-made Dragon Ball Z suit or perhaps a black T-shirt, shawl, and red satin shorts. You couldn’t miss him if you tried.