“New Blue Sun is the continuation of discovery for me,” says André 3000. My entire career has been fueled by this and it is the only thing that keeps me honest. This album is the most honest and interesting offering I can give today. I never could have imagined in high school, when I started rapping and doing music that I would be here right now playing wind instruments.”
New Blue Sun is entirely instrumental, centered around woodwinds, and is a celebration of André 3000’s newfound love for the flute. The album is a collection of long improvisations documenting the moment an incredible groove shows face rather than the concise compositions rappers like to build around them. The album is minimalist, experimental and tribal.
The album is a departure from André 3000’s usual style, as there are no beats nor bars, and he doesn’t sing on this joint either. The album is a warm, gentle, and prismatic breath of fresh incense, reminiscent of the work of Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, and Yusef Lateef.
André 3000, born André Lauren Benjamin, is a renowned American musician who gained fame as one-half of the best-selling hip-hop duo OutKast. His unique style and diverse musical interests have made him a prominent figure in the music industry.
For more information, see Rolling Stone’s André 3000’s Flute Record is A Breath of Fresh Incense and The New Yorker’s André 3000 Disrupts Our Sense of Time.