Aesop Rock has just delivered the instrumental version of his most recent solo album, Spirit World Field Guide, arguably the most expansive and ambitious work in the verbose MC/producer’s storied career – available digitally now with 2xLP vinyl coming November 11 via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Aesop has long been celebrated for his talents as a lyricist, but he has continually grown and evolved as a producer as well. With the exception of “Sleeper Car” (produced by Hanni El Khatib), the full album was produced by Aesop Rock, incorporating additional instrumentation by Grimace Federation and Hanni El Khatib. While the original Spirit World album was a concept album packed with insightful chapters of firsthand know-how about the terrain, wildlife, and social customs of an uncanny world parallel to our own, the Spirit World Field Guide Instrumentals not only sets the tone, but also provides the roadmap for one to take their own journey.
The Spirit World Field Guide Instrumentals are being treated to a deluxe 2xLP edition, available for pre-order now, including 12” matte gatefold jacket (adorned by vibrant album artwork by renowned illustrator Justin “Coro” Kaufman), printed record sleeves, and one each of transparent cloudy effect green/blue double-vinyl, plus free digital download card. In conjunction Aesop has unveiled a new line of merch, including a limited edition SWFG shirt in bleached black tie-dye pattern, as well as a branded skate deck, wheels + grip tape. The release comes on the heels of LICE (Aes’s duo with Homeboy Sandman) re-releasing their full catalog of three EPs on DSPs and vinyl for the very first time last month, as well as his November 2021 full-length Garbology, his duo album with longtime production collaborator Blockhead.