Solace EP Review
Solace is an EP from Earl Sweatshirt released on the heels of his critically acclaimed I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt. Solace is a project dedicated to his mom, Cheryl Harris. In Earl’s words, Solace is music from “when I hit the bottom and found something.” This makes sense saying Earl’s monotone raps vary from themes such as drugs, loss of friends, and insomnia among other daunting subjects. Just like Earl Sweatshirt’s album released about a month before this EP, it takes short and sweet to the extreme, in this case, 10 minutes flat. While it’s organized as a single track, you could say Solace is divided into three or four parts. For this reason, these are some of the densest 10 minutes of hip-hop in recent years.
I love this project just like I love just about anything Earl Sweatshirt has ever put out. I regret not listening to this EP earlier, only like I regret procrastinating listening to anything, not on my streaming service of choice, Tidal. Solace is Earl at his darkest, nothing about this project is going to make you feel happy and giddy, but it’s something that will speak to you when you’re at your lowest. What a 2015, this is peak, Earl.
Overall Rating: 9.1/10