During the wee hours of Sunday morning, a low-key new album from Donald Glover, Donald Glover Presents, surfaced online before mysteriously vanishing just a few hours later.
But you wouldn't have been able to find it on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music or even SoundCloud, where artists like Drake tend to share unofficial releases. The project was only available on donaldgloverpresents.com.
The website was originally found and shared by Twitter user @FASHIONSPITTA. They were then retweeted by Glover's manager, Fam Rothstein, likely confirming the legitimacy of the music.
Playing on one continuous loop, the album included a couple of songs that have already been released, including "Algorhythm" and "Feels Like Summer," which came out in summer 2018. While an official track list wasn't available, there seemed to be 12 total songs with features from 21 Savage, Ariana Grande and SZA.
Sounds were joined by a landscape of sketch art separated into four boxes, each titled "Cover 1," "2," "3" and "4." Appropriate for our societal panic over the coronavirus, the sketches portrayed burning buildings and anarchy in the streets, some people looking concerned and others looking rather relaxed.
Visitors could also type in an invisible text box underneath the cover art. One Twitter user pointed out that maybe Glover was looking for ideas on which cover he should use and what the title should be.
Glover's last album under the moniker Childish Gambino, Awaken! My Love, was released in 2016. It earned him five Grammy nominations, including 2017 Album of the Year, and as well his first-ever Grammy win for Best Traditional R&B Performance with the standout track "Redbone."
Donald Glover Presents appears to be the 36-year-old actor-artist-comedian-writer's first musical endeavor using his real name. He previously stated that he intends to retire the Childish Gambino brand, noting his appreciation for endings. "I like endings, I think they’re important to progress,” he said. “I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest."
He also said he was working on a new project, around the same time he signed a deal with RCA Records.
Permanent new music from Donald/Childish would be highly appreciated for a quarantine. 🙏