In These Times (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

In These Times (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

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These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as Makaya McCraven's personal experience as a product of a multinational, working class musician community. It's the recording that he's been trying to create for 7+ years, as it's been consistently in process in the background while he's put forth a prolific run of releases including: In The Moment (2015), Highly Rare (2017), Where We Come From (2018), Universal Beings (2018), We're New Again (2020), Universal Beings E&F Sides (2020), and Deciphering the Message (2021).

With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home. Featuring orchestral, large ensemble arrangements interwoven with the signature "organic beat music" sound that's become his signature, the album is an evolution and a milestone for McCraven, the producer. But moreover, it's the strongest and clearest statement we've yet to hear from McCraven, the composer.

  1. In These Times
  2. The Fours
  3. High Fives
  4. Dream Another
  5. Lullaby
  6. This Place That Place
  7. The Calling
  8. Seventh String
  9. So Ubuji
  10. The Knew Untitled
  11. The Title