One of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, Open Mike Eagle’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is out today (cd shipping 9/29, vinyl shipping 10/27). A concept album about the Robert Taylor Homes projects in Chicago, this project is incredibly personal. The album is laced with both prodding satire as well as deep empathy for the people who lost their homes and disappeared after the projects were destroyed.
Musically the album feels like maturity from the Chicago native. Mike’s singing style of rap has come to a melodic sophistication. The production is warm and quirky, even reaching points of melancholy as Mike weaves through personas and embodies the emptiness of a home lost. The new album is out everywhere today.