Following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed How I Got Over, The Roots are already thinking about its next LP. Speaking with Billboard.com, drummer ?uestlove explains that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania collective is plotting a “concept album” that will lean on orchestral arrangements.
“This is going to be our first full-fledged narrative concept album,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge to figure out how to get from point A to B — or in this case, point B to point A — and have it seem natural.”
The band hopes that the album, which has a “one-word title that’s spelled incorrectly,” will come out by November, but guess that the LP will drop in January or February 2012. According to ?uestlove, the sound of the album has a hard edge. “It’s going to be heavy on sort of orchestral chamber music with harder beats in it,” he explained.
Roots MC Black Thought said that it will flow in a similar vein of How I Got Over, with a variation. “[It will be] kind of flipped. Instead of from dark to light, it’s an album that goes from light to dark,” he said of the album, which has a “one-word title that’s spelled incorrectly.”