Phony Ppl recently unleashed their new album mō’zā-ik (300 Entertainment), the follow-up to 2015’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Blending soul, funk, R&B and more, each song on the 11-track set plays as an extended jam between five musicians playing at their peak and garnered attention from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and NYLON, who called the album “ethereal as hell.”
Today, the Brooklyn-based quintet release the dizzying visuals for their song, “Way Too Far.” Directed by Joe Weil who has directed videos for Kendrick Lamar, YG, Puff Daddy, and The Internet, the production company who produced the video – Psycho Films – recently produced the video for Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Wow Freestyle” as well as Aminé — “Reel It In.” The video follows the band and gives us a window into their world, and features cameos by Briana Shanee Wilson (Influencer/Entrepreneur. Creator of Matte Brand) and Patrick Paige II of The Internet.
The new record was met with rave reviews, with the band making Rolling Stone‘s 2018 Hot List, with David Fricke noting how they “are ready for the world with mō’zā-ik.” NPR Music premiered the album via First Listen, calling it a “stepping stone for the Brooklyn band as a subconscious vacation for the listener while moving through the world… or maybe even a retreat from it.” The collection was also featured on NPR‘s ‘New Music Friday – 8 Albums You Should Hear Now.’ Pitchfork added Mō’zā-ik to their ‘5 Best New Rap Songs’ list, raging about how “the group meshes so well” and “every element of their sound complements the other.” The band also appeared on MTV‘s TRL, were interviewed on Sway In The Morning, are currently the face of Spotify‘s Newness Playlist, and were featured as Artist of the Week by both TIDAL and Soundcloud.
The band are currently supporting Pusha T on the second leg of his Daytona Tour, wrapping up with two shows in their home town at Irving Plaza in New York, and will also be playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge December 28, with tickets on sale Nov 20th.