Man on the Moon III doesn't arrive until 2015, but in the meantime Kid Cudi is filling the gaps between projects with his latest album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which dropped suddenly on iTunes Monday night.
Cudder promised that the album would arrive without an advance release date, and so it did. On the title track "Satellite Flight, which originally debuted in December, he continues his storyline as a young man who, "will come and save the universe from the forces of evil." And over the course of nine additional tracks, he pours out his feelings, sometimes only with the help of instrumentals.
The opening song "Destination: Mother Moon," is free of vocals, letting the grandiose instrumentals do all the talking, before he later begins to rap.
On "Internal Bleeding" he battles with heartache that he can't stop despite his best efforts, while the sensual cut "Balmain Jeans" with Raphael Saadiq, finds him getting pretty uncensored about undressing and tasting his girl. On "Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now," he targets the people who trash talk him, and won't look him in the eyes when he walks into a room.
"In My Dreams 2015" is another instrumental break on the album, leading into "Return of the Moon Man," although we don't think the Moon Man ever really left. The beats on this project are as spacey and trippy as last year's Indicud, with Cudder handling productions on both albums himself.
"[Satellite Flight] starts where Indicud left off perfectly, and takes you right into MOTM III.Cudi told MTV News last month. "It's like a TV show that ends with that cliffhanger. The album ends that way, where you get that one song and before you know it, the song is over and the album is over, but there's a 'to be continued...' There's more to the story."
"I kinda went director on this project," he added, referencing the storyline that he's strung out across different albums. "I had the idea for the first and second [Man on the Moon] albums, with the whole five acts split.Man on the Moon III will go back to that whole breakdown and this comes back to that tradition, with the acts and everything being seamlessly in order."