As the world waits for greatness to plague the internet within the next week or so with the release of not one, but two NEW albums from Prince, I can’t stop twiddling my thumbs and checking iTunes for added singles to the previews. The original sex symbol himself will present both solo album Art Official Age, as well as collaborative debut album, Plectrumelectrum, featuring his own group, 3rd Eye Girl, on September 30th. With singles from both projects available for preview on iTunes here (AOA) and here (P), the release date seems entirely too far away for comfort.
Truly a solo album, Art Official Age is 100% produced, written and executed by Prince himself, alongside singer-songwriter Joshua Welton. It’s also his first album in 4 years, marking the longest gap since his last shared project, 20Ten, in 2010. Both releases also mark the icon’s return to Warner Bros post public split from the label, post wearing the word “slave” on his face in protest to his record contract during the release of The Gold Experience in 1995.
Singles “Cloud,” “Breakdown,” “Breakfast Can Wait” and “FunkNRoll” from Art Official Age have each been shared with the masses over the last month via preview and stream. The entire assembly, unshakably reminiscent of classic Prince Artistry, is said to be a mix of soul, R&B and funk. With rumors of an ode and ballad inspired by Apollonia Kotero on the album as well as a rap song featuring Rita Ora, September 30th can’t get here fast enough.
PLECTRUMELECTRUM is the debut album for female group 3rd Eye Girl. Made up of American drummer Hannah Ford, Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis and Danish bassist Ida Nielsen the group is a sonically striking band. The three made their first recorded appearance in Prince’s “Breakfast Can Wait” video released last year. For a formal introduction to 3rd Eye Girl, check out funky singles “PRETZELBODYLOGIC,” “WHITECAPS” and “FIXURLIFEUP.”
Click here for more information on Prince and 3rD Eye Girl’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM.
Enjoy video for “Breakfast Can Wait” from the album Art Official Age featuring 3rd Eye Girl
Stream 3rd release “FunkNRoll” and tell us what you think!
ART OFFICIAL AGE tracklist
1 ART OFFICIAL CAGE
4 THE GOLD STANDARD
5 U KNOW
6 BREAKFAST CAN WAIT
7 THIS COULD BE US
8 WHAT IF FEELS LIKE
9 affirmation I & II
10 WAY BACK HOME
13 affirmation III