|The cover of Jason Feathers' De Oro.|
A collaborative project featuring Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, S. Carey, and Ryan Olson was teased back in 2012 during its creative stages. It recently arrived in gilded Ed Hardy font as De Oro, the debut record under the name Jason Feathers.
The gathering of musicians comes with a string of alter-egos -- Creflo a.k.a. Jason Feathers (Astronautalis), Ephasis (Vernon), Toothpick (Carey), and _______ (Olson) -- and embellished back stories. Each player gets his own invented persona, which serves to represent the sounds reflected on the record. "OK, this ain't no college album, playboy," Creflo says at one point. "This is a professional album."
This week, De Oro -- which means "gold" in Spanish -- was made available as a streamable preview via Pitchfork. Here are our initial thoughts.
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