Revival Season, the Atlanta-based duo of rapper Brandon ‘Bez’ Evans and Mattiel’s Jonah Swilley, have announced their debut album, Golden Age Of Self Snitching, which is out February 23 via Heavenly Recordings.
The duo cite Prince Paul & Dan The Automator’s Handsome Boy Modelling School project and The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, along with Southern hip hop, as inspirations on the album. “What I came up listening to turned out to be so pivotal” says Evans. “I was in Georgia during the time of Dungeon Family coming up, and that turned out to be a big shifting point in hip-hop. We heard a lot of this stuff before the world, the way of thinking, the way of dress, the movement, the sound, we were there for it…Prior to that the South was really gated out, and as time has progressed it’s become more of a dominant sound, where almost everything in the genre comes from that time period and the sound and the attitude that was built there. All that stuff was on the back of really strong principles, on the back of the home-cooked, country-fied, soulful background that was added into the hip-hop formula from the South.”
“We kinda worked backwards, reverse-engineered a lot of songs”, says Swilley of Revival Season’s creative process. “I’d build a track around what he was doing vocally, kind of fill it out rhythmically, using his vocal as an instrument, seeing how I could accompany that musically and make it serve the vocal.”
The new single from the album is the infectious “Pump” which comes with a video directed by Swilley. Watch that below.
Revival Season will play Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on November 14 and Los Angeles’ Zebulon on November 29 with Shamon Cassette x Al Lover.
Golden Age of Self Snitching
1. Look Out Below
2. Barry White
3. The Path
4. Message In A Bottle
5. Last Dance
7. Golden Silverware
13. Eyes Open
14. Love To See It