Minneapolis hip-hop pioneers Atmosphere have released their new album So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
There’s an unmistakable sense of unease from the outset that continues to evolve throughout the record, an almost unnerving excavation of paranoia inspired by the general malaise of a pandemic weary society full of civil unrest. The tension in these songs is palpable, but the album’s mere presence is a testament to the hope that has to underpin even the most stressed out epiphanies.
On the new album, rapper Slug says “we made a new album where we addressed a bunch of items we found in stacks of moving boxes that had become furniture. written and recorded over the duration of 2020 distancing / paranoia of 2021. Mixed and mastered during stolen moments of 2022.”
Alongside the album release, the duo have shared a new Marmo Films directed video for “Holding My Breath.” On the video Slug adds, “We lift our juice boxes to the sky in celebration of the Sad Clown’s return. Have you hugged your therapist today?” Watch the video below, as well as previously released videos for “Bigger Pictures,” and lead single “Okay,” which was praised by Stereogum, Consequence, Brooklyn Vegan, 2DopeBoyz, and FLOOD Magazine who wrote that “Atmosphere balance optimism, pessimism, realism, and all other ‑isms on their latest single.”
Prior to the run of North American dates, Atmosphere will appear at California Roots Festival, Summer Greens, and have announced two shows at Williwaw Social in Anchorage, Alaska. The run of tour dates will culminate with a headline show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 17th, supported by Danny Brown, Souls of Mischief, and more. Atmosphere currently holds the record for the most sold out shows at Red Rocks for any Hip Hop artist with nine sellouts since 2011.
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