kimya dawson and aesop rock join forces in the uncluded. check out the debut single. #soundcheck

February 15, 2013

In hindsight, it makes perfect sense that anti-folk luminary Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock would start a band. The two have collaborated often in recent years, with Aesop adding vocals to Kimya’s most recent solo record Thunder Thighs, and Kimya returning the favor. So it was really only a matter of time before the unlikely duo made it official. The new band is called The Uncluded, and their debut record will be out in May.

Lead single “Earthquake” makes a solid use of both artists talents, Kimya’s mock-innocent vocals counterpointing Aesop Rock’s dense flow. It’s a testament to the duo’s chemistry that the genre mash-up works so well. If it were anyone else, I’d probably question whether they could sustain a full album of this. But given their previous collaborations, it can only be more of a good thing.

– Words by Nathan Leigh