Van Hunt has announced his fifth studio album, The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets, which is set to be released May 5th via Trinity Tigers and godless-hotspot.
This will be the predecessor to his last album, 2011’s What Were You Hoping For?, which received overall rave reviews from critics across the board. What Were You Hoping For? also peaked at the number 19 spot on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums.
Van Hunt’s previous accomplishments include winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The New York Times calls Van Hunt’s new album “ambitious and exciting.”
On the album, Van Hunt states, “The drive to create something new and different is what keeps me excited and engaged as an artist. It’s the thrill of appearing with The Afghan Whigs at Coachella and then performing at a gospel quartet music special all in the same week. The excitement is in constantly evolving as an artist. It’s how I got from my first album, Van Hunt(alternative soul, electro-funk music influenced by Prince and The Ohio Players), to my last album What Were You Hoping For?, which was Bowie-influenced, progressive rock and soul.”
“It is the history of Black- American music filtered through modern technology.”
Along this announcement, Van Hunt has released the first single of the album called “Vega (Stripes On)”, which can be heard below:
No word on any tour dates yet.
Pre-order The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets
Purchase the Single “Vega (stripes on)”: