Donald Glover has some crazy stuff in store for his new Childish Gambino album Awaken, My Love! (Title comes with an exclamation point, but we are excited.) As in, today a pre-order is available for a “virtual reality limited edition vinyl.”
For $59.99 (although that’s “subject to change as package content is finalized”)—and not until a TBD date in 2017—you’ll get two pieces of 45RPM heavyweight 12” vinyl that…do a virtual reality thing we don’t know about yet. Sorry.
If you order before Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m., you get a 17” by 11” poster. Pre-orders also get you instant digital downloads of the stunning curveball tracks “Redbone” and “Me and Your Mama,” and a digital download of the album on its release date, this Friday, Dec. 2.
For more immediate Gambino-fication, his PHAROS Earth app now has its own virtual reality experience, a performance of “Me and Your Mama” from Glover’s outdoor “album experience” event this past September. Whether you’ve got a VR headset or not, you can watch as he busts out the bluesy, rap-less song, or you can turn and watch the crowd at your back, or the sky above, or whatever, really.
For his last Childish Gambino album, 2013's Because the Internet, Glover released a free 72-page screenplay companion, one that synced up with the record. That was preceded by a 25-minute film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. That record’s live run, the Deep Web Tour, was also an interactive multimedia experience.
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