Rapper and poet Solareye has announced details of his long-awaited debut solo record,All These People Are Me, out on Friday 4 May.
Championing oddness and outsiderdom, the record channels anger, subverts humour, makes observations and stays stubbornly optimistic. Supported by Creative Scotland, the album was produced by Glasgow-based Dunt and Harvey Kartel, and mixed by SAW (Stephen A Watkins).
The album is a high functioning schizophrenic. And argues that everyone else is too. It is hip-hop for hip-hop heads, alternative for the alternators, threadbare soul music for the digital age. It tells stories, paints pictures, raps about rapping and pushes some boundaries along the way.
Solareye says: “All These People Are Me is about how we’re all complex, contradictory human things that don’t fit into easily defined boxes. Or maybe it’s just a way to write an album that’s half thoughtful ponderings/ half braggadocious rap and justify it by going – ‘that’s the human condition mate’.”.
As a taster, the first single Mr Margins is now available, accompanied by a video produced by Kelman Greg of Neoneight. The single will be made immediately available to those who pre-order the album from Solareye’s website (available on heavy-weight vinyl and CD) or via iTunes.
Dealing in grim fairytales and unlikely truths, at once home-grown and universal, Solareye is best known as the lyricist and principal songwriter with alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd.
Sun 6 May – Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival
Mon 14 May – Bristol Fleece w/R.A. The Rugged Man
Tue 15 May – Manchester, Gorilla w/R.A. The Rugged Man
Thu 24 May – Stirling, Tolbooth
Sat 26 May – Edinburgh, The Mash House
Fri 31 Aug – Dumfries & Galloway, Electric Fields Festival