Haunting, half-broken and unforgettable are ways to describe the latest morsel from The Roots
. "Sleep" is the third video released on a Tuesday at 12:06 from The Roots' concept album undun
, coming out on December 6th. Produced by Tumblr famous Hot Sugar
and featuring Aaron Livingston
, the dripping beat could most certainly have been eked out on analog keys and synthesizers, a spare and compelling choice that befits the darkness of the images. It's unclear what is white and what is black as the story of a hooded figure with a dark past and future unravels. The lyrics "I've lost a lot of sleep to dreams / I do not miss them yet" sublimates the emptiness and eternal trap this character has to swallow everyday. On the whole, the song and its video are unglamorous, hard-hitting and impossible to stop watching/listening.