Astronautalis premieres new song “Papillon” — listen

Minneapolis rapper shares an outtake from his upcoming solo record


Artwork by ​Cap Blackard

Minneapolis rapper Charles “Andy” Bothwell, aka Astronautalis, always seems to find himself involved with the most head-turning collaborations. Over the years, he’s teamed up with P.O.S. as Four Fists, with Justin Vernon as Jason Feathers, and more recently hopped on Bird Peterson’s single “Sugarface”. But despite his ever growing list of projects, he remains committed to his own solo material. With a new album on the way, he’s opted to share an outtake called “Papillon”.

“When I work on a song, I find that there comes a point in time when my best laid plans have to go out the window,” Bothwell says. “That whatever I had in mind for a song no longer matters, because the song itself has plans of it‘s own, and there is no use in fighting that.” In the case of “Papillon”, this meant the “pretty little number” wouldn’t fit with the “big, bombastic sound” of his forthcoming album no matter how much he wanted it to. Being so enamored with the track, he saw it fit to release the song on its own terms.

Despite being a solo cut, the song is a collaboration in a way. Doomtree’s Lazerbeak crafted the hypnotic, pensive beat with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans) producing, engineering, and mixing the track. Much like with “Sugarface”, Bothwell uses his platform to condemn drugs and excess. Here, however, he’s less enraged and more contemplative. Coyly he slips in lines like, “It ain’t a fucking party if you do it every night” and thinks out loud “one day we’ll all be gone”. That sense of futility permeates throughout the track, channeling the rapper’s stream of consciousness to a bleak place. Listen in below.

Astronautalis is about to venture over to Europe for a fresh string of tour dates. Check out his itinerary below.

Astronautalis 2015 Tour Dates:
05/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Elfer
05/16 – Munster, DE @ Gleis 22
05/17 – Hannover, DE @ Glocksee
05/19 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
05/20 – Numberg, DE @ K4
05/21 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
05/22 – Dresden, DE @ Groovestation
05/23 – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus
05/24 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
05/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/27 – London, UK @ Club 100
05/28 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
05/29 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
06/03 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
06/04 – Aaraue, CH @ Kiff
06/05 – Winterhur, CH @ Kraftfield
06/06 – Dornbirn, AT @ Spielboden
06/09 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
06/10 – Pistany, SK @ ZiWell
06/11 – Olomouc, CZ @ Jazz Tibet Club
06/12 – Wroclaw, PL @ Firley Club
06/14 – Gdansk, PL @ Shakespeare Theatre
06/17 – Kiel, DE @ Pumpe
06/18 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
06/19 – Plzen, CZ @ Papirna
06/20 – Bojkovice, CZ @ MisMas Fest
06/21 – Trencin, SK @ Bio Luc
06/22 – Brezlav, CZ @ Piksla
06/23 – Zagreb, HR @ Kset
06/24 – Graz, AT @ Forum Stadtpark
06/25 – Budapest, HU @ Essentials Fest
06/26 – Hradec Karlove, CZ @ Open Air Program
06/27 – Larz, DE @ TBA