ZHU promised there would be a conclusion to Ringos Desert Pt. 1, an evolving sonic storyline loosely inspired by the real-life heartbreak and spiritual journey of the producer’s friend and guitar player, and of course, the magic of the desert. The first half of the album was released in April, and five months later, we get the thrilling conclusion in an expanded, full version of the so-called Ringos Desert LP.
When we last saw our hero Ringo, he was wandering the desert, lost in a haze of a love-turned-tragic, calling “Save Me” out into the night. The vibe picks up perfectly on the side-winding sensuality of “Ghost In My Bed” with an opening melody on dusty guitar that mirrors the Western-style sound of the album opener “Stormy Love, NM.”
There’s a right clubbiness to the second half of the record. “Love That Hurts” is a cool standout with a ghostly R&B touch from Karnaval Blues. “Light It Up” features TOKiMONSTA and a down-tempo dancehall rhythm, a twisted take on recently-favored pop tropes. “Drowning” rumbles low with bedroom bass in a mood inspired by The Weeknd‘s sound. Fans will recognize the recently released “Coming Home” with Majid Jordan, followed by the arpeggiate sex of solo heater “Waters of Monaco,” a creative high point on the record for sure. The album finishes with previously-released Tame Impala collaboration “My Life,” finishing the romantic struggle narrative with a strong sentiment of self-empowerment.
The full version of Ringos Desert comes just as he kicks off his desert-inspired DUNE tour. The shadowy producer recently performed at Burning Man, the biggest desert party of them all. Find yourself in a desert of ZHU’s creation with the full Ringos Desert LP below.