Fashion Week (album)

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Fashion Week
Fashion Week cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)
Genre
Length 47:48
Label Third Worlds
Producer Death Grips
Death Grips chronology
Government Plates
(2013)
Fashion Week
(2015)
The Powers That B
(2015)

Fashion Week is an instrumental soundtrack by experimental hip hop group Death Grips. It was self-released, available for free, on January 4, 2015 via Third Worlds, without any prior announcement.[2] It was the band's first release after their supposed disbandment in 2014, and also the first release to not feature vocals from frontman MC Ride, which was a major factor in its mixed-to-positive critical reception.

Background

Fashion Week was described by the group as a “soundtrack.”[1] A leaked .zip file was shared via Reddit in late-2014, containing 6 tracks from the album and 2 unreleased tracks, but was initially dismissed by fans as fake.[3] The song titles, follow as: "Runway J", "Runway E" and so on; acrostically spelling out the phrase "JENNY DEATH WHEN", in reference to the clamor surrounding the upcoming second disc of The Powers That B.[4]

The album art features an image of artist Sua Yoo, who designed the band's cover art for The Money Store.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Exclaim! 7/10[5]
Pitchfork 6.6/10[6]
Spin 7/10[7]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5

A common criticism of Fashion Week was the absence of MC Ride's vocals,[6][8][5] some reviewers calling the instrumentals "stagnate"[8] and "repetitive"[5] on their own. However, the album's reception wasn't without praise; Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! suggested the lack of Ride's performances made the album very accessible to new listeners of Death Grips,[5] and Spin critic Dan Weiss, comparing Fashion Week to Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails, wrote that, despite "being so linear," it still had the group's "astoundingly dark and imaginative sonic palette."[7] The Quietus critic Calum Bradbury-Sparvell described the album as "the most vibrant and least menacing collection of tracks Death Grips have released."[9]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Runway J" 4:09
2. "Runway E" 3:14
3. "Runway N" 2:42
4. "Runway N(2)" 3:01
5. "Runway Y" 4:01
6. "Runway D" 4:43
7. "Runway E(2)" 3:25
8. "Runway A" 3:37
9. "Runway T" 2:36
10. "Runway H" 4:29
11. "Runway W" 3:29
12. "Runway H(2)" 3:35
13. "Runway E(3)" 2:21
14. "Runway N(3)" 2:01
Total length: 47:48

Personnel

Death Grips
  • Zach Hill – drums
  • Andy Morin – keyboards, programming
  • Nick Reinhart - guitar (Track 12)

References

  1. ^ a b "Death Grips release surprise instrumental album Fashion Week". The Guardian. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Young, Alex (January 5, 2015). "Death Grips release instrumental album Fashion Week — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Dan (January 5, 2015). "Death Grips release surprise instrumental 'soundtrack' album – listen". NME. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Phillips, Amy (January 4, 2015). "Death Grips Release Surprise Instrumental Album Fashion Week". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Slingerland, Calum (January 9, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Patrin, Nate (January 13, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Weiss, Dan (January 6, 2015). "Death Grips Rise From the Dead With the Explosive 'Fashion Week'". Spin. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Jordan M. (January 12, 2015). "Review: Death Grips – Fashion Week". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Bradbury-Sparvell, Calum (January 15, 2015). "Death Grips - Fashion Week". The Quietus. Retrieved January 18, 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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