If forced to describe Sole and the Skyrider Band's music in one word, the word might be "dark." The quartet began as an experiment in Flagstaff, Ariz., in a search to explore a merger between post-rock and hip-hop, delving into the inkier side of the genres. After two years of relentless, touring from 2007-2009, the Skyrider Band settled down in Los Angeles, leaving Sole to go on a solo quest to develop his graphic stream-of-consciousness writing style.
In 2010, a chance meeting in Denver reunited Sole and the Riders and created another opportunity for collaboration and reinvention, leading to hip-hop that provides listeners an outlet for critical thought. The group's new album, Hello Cruel World (Fake Four, Inc.), is replete with Sole's diary entry-like lyrics, a beautiful mess of choppy and jumbled reflections on life, liberty and the decline of Western Civilization. HCW dropped on CD on July 19 and will be out on vinyl on Tuesday, Aug. 30.