Recently, a good friend of Aesop Rock's, Kurt Hayashi unexpectedly passed away. Kurt was a well-known skate videographer and he also shot the music video for Aesop's "Hot Dogs". A portion of the proceeds from all "Rogue Wave" sales will be donated to the Hayashi family in Kurt's honor.
"Rogue Wave feels like a long journal entry to me - perhaps in the vein of Hot Dogs and Klutz. I really enjoy skipping the hook entirely. It doesn’t always work - but when it does it just feels right. To me, this song is a small boat lost at sea, rowing for hours, days, losing all track of time and direction - 360 degrees of nothing but ocean. My old friend Coro captured the concept perfectly in the cover image. We’ve included a small print of the image with no text inside each 7” for your viewing pleasure. You should probably hang it in your hallway. Additionally, we are offering a long sleeve tee in raincoat yellow, also from the pen of Coro. I’ve been a little timid over the years to showcase my own drawings, probably because I’ve been out of practice, and also because people know me for my music. It’s always a little dicey promoting a medium you’re not really known for, and I feel the same nerves I felt when I was young, playing people demos for the first time. That said - I’ve been drawing a fair amount in recent years, and finally decided to collect a lot of the images together for a music video. My long time collaborator and friend Rob Shaw pieced them together in a way that feels similar to the song - an uninterrupted stream of information. Please enjoy this song, video, and garment." - All love, A.R.