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81355 Announce Debut Album This Time I’ll Be of Use, Share “Capstone”: Stream

Out in May on Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner, and Bryce Dessner's 37d03d label

83155 this time ill be of use debut album capstone song stream
81355, photo by Anna Powell Denton
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    81355 (pronounced “Bless”) is an Indianapolis rap trio signed to 37d03d, the label co-founded by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner. Today, the group announced their debut album, This Time I’ll Be of Use, which is slated for release on May 28th.

    81355 is comprised of Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones, and David Adamson. According to a press release, This Time I’ll Be of Use finds the rappers “reflecting on Black struggle in the pandemic-ridden and democracy faltering landscape” while grappling with “hard-wired truths and imagines alternate realities with better futures while meshing mystical, somber and danceable elements throughout.”

    As a preview of the album, 81355 shared the opening track, “Capstone”. Over a spaced-out beat, the MCs demonstrate their lyrical dexterity and contrasting flows. Blvck gives listeners a look inside his head with lyrics like,

    “Generational curses we still can’t undo/ Just taught my lil girl to tie her shoes, now she running to/ Holy smokes lungs made of leather now, I’m comfortable/ Climbing up this infinite ladder to get a better view.”

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    The song features an accompanying music video directed by Pace Rivers. As 81355 told Flood Magazine, they went the extra mile to bring the clip to fruition. “We actually dug our own grave and had people bury us alive,” the group shared. Check it out below.

    Pre-order This Time I’ll Be of Use on Bandcamp now.

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    This Time I’ll Be of Use Artwork:

    83155 this time ill be of use debut album artwork

    This Time I’ll Be of Use Tracklist:
    01. Capstone 03:37
    02. Maroon
    03. Hard 2 Find
    04. Anointed
    05. The Void
    06.Thumbs Up
    07. Purple
    08. Through a Portal

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