Once a writer on NBC's 30 Rock, the 33-year-old became a breakout character on the network's since-canceled cult sitcom Community, playing affable nerd Troy Barnes. The brainchild of one of the top TV shows of the year, "Atlanta" on FX, and the new cast member for the Star Wars movie franchise just released his first album in over two years titled, Awaken My Love. Funky, soul-filled music, that is.
Childish Gambino is ramping up the hype for his Awaken, My Love! album by adding some updates to his Pharos App, the place where he's kept fans in tune with what he's working on.
While much of the album feels like a reflection of the sort of rambling, stream-of-consciousness ideas Glover puts out in his interviews, the more soulful second half fares better.
This album is a break from the Childish Gambino that we are accustomed to. Yes, maybe with the "commercialised" revival of funk Redbone. Recorded during his PHAROS concert in Joshua Tree this summer, the clip features Gambino adorned in glow in the dark apparel as he performs in the looming shadow of a giant beast of some sort.
Glover spoke to Billboard recently about the different musical direction that he has taken with 'Awaken, My Love!', revealing that he utilised the musical influence of his parents when writing the new record.