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posted on September 9, 2020

With over a dozen solo and collaborative projects to his name, Open Mike Eagle has spent his career redefining and expanding the parameters of “art rap,” the term he coined as a shorthand for leftfield and avant-garde rap music.  “Anime, Trauma and Divorce” will be his first solo-album and it will be released at October 16th.

About the stories behind “Anime, Trauma and Divorce:”

“Before the world went to shit I was already in the middle of a few personal crises. Shit had gone haywire personally and professionally and my therapist had to remind me that I have an outlet to process some of my shit in rap music. So I made a bunch of painful rap songs and Jacknife Lee was kind enough to help me make good music out of them. Maybe it can help other people too. It probably won’t but maybe.”(full article here)

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“Anime, Trauma and Divorce” is Eagle’s first full-length album on Auto Reverse and the most personal project of his career. On the verge of middle age, reeling from the collapse of his marriage, Open Mike Eagle probes the darkness of his past and searches for lights to guide him forward. This is the sound of a broken man sifting through the pieces while trying to rebuild, the struggle to self-critique while practicing self-care. Do you disassociate by envisioning yourself as the lead in your favorite anime, or do you reflect on your headass behavior? Tattoos and beer or push-ups and smoothies?

Executive produced by renowned rock producer Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.), the album’s few features include Auto Reverse artist Video Dave and Eagle’s son. ​”Anime, Trauma, and Divorce”​ finds Eagle virtually alone, doing his best to reject the humor that will not cure his ills. All is not well, but Open Mike Eagle’s never been better. Pre-order here.

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