Imaginary rap band Wool See have announced their 4th full-length album Leaving / Left, out September 29th on Heaven Noise Recordings. The albumâ€™s title and much of its subject was inspired by front-man IAMEâ€™s recent cross-country move from Portland, Oregon to Vermont. The prolific Sandpeople and Oldominion affiliate makes it clear that while love was the motive behind following his wife back to her home state, agreeing to leave his home of 27 years was an emotionally taxing decision.
â€œLeaving / Left was made during the process of selling our house, packing our belongings and preparing to move,â€ he explains.
â€œThis album is about leaving what’s familiar. It’s about the tension in a relationship when big uncertainties loom overhead. It’s about the changing face of Portland; a city where 100 transplants arrive each day. It’s about accepting that so much of what we know is already gone and that we’ve been left behind.â€
As with previous Wool See releases, Leaving / Left was entirely written and produced by IAME and the ghosts in his head. The beats are thick and crisp, the melodies lush and vibrant. At just under 30 minutes, itâ€™s a polite listen but one that is sure to reveal new layers with each revisit.
A self-directed video for the single â€œBylawsâ€ was filmed in various locations throughout central and Northeastern Vermont. The naturally stunning landscape adds depth to the simple black and white visual in which Wool See sits on a picnic table, mulling over a mysterious contract.