Premiere: Albert Gordon Touches On A Familiar Emotion in “The Mourning”

One by one, the members of teenage collective—err, “boy band“—Brockhampton are emerging from their bedrooms in Texas to acquaint themselves with the world.

The latest is 22-year-old Albert Gordon, one of the group’s resident producers.

Alongside fellow BH beatmakers Romil, Jabari, and Bear//Face, Gordon’s mutilayered, electric instrumentals are becoming a signature addition to any project he gets his hands on, including Matt Champion’s “El Dorado,” and Brockhampton’s latest effort, “Hero.”

Green Label is proud to premiere Gordon’s latest, entirely self-spawned track “The Mourning,” which channels airy ’80s pop to reflect on his unrequited emotions.

Listen to “The Mourning” below, and watch Albert Gordon’s episode of Dreams Die Young here.

Tell me about where your head was when you made this song. 
I’ve had these feelings for this person for close to six years. We’ve been really good friends for all of that time, and I kind of denied the fact that I had those feelings. One day I woke up and it just hit me. Some of the lyrics were exact things I was thinking that night and the morning after. It takes place in the morning, where I’m reflecting on the night before, trying to piece together everything.

Why did you spell it “The Mourning”?
It’s a double entendre. It was the morning after, but I spelled it that way because when you’re mourning someone, you’re like coping with a loss, and I’m waking up here knowing that she has a boyfriend, and we can never be together. So I’m mourning the idea that us being together will never happen.

How did you get involved with Brockhampton?
I went to high school with Rodney, Jon Nunes and Romil. Romil and I were actually in the same math class and never talked to each other. Years later, I showed Jon some of my stuff, he liked it, and he introduced me to Rom, who introduced me to Dom [McLennon]. I started working with them, and they liked my beats, and after that, I ended up meeting the rest of the crew on that tour they did with Michael Christmas.

How does your artistic vision fit in with the collective?
Me and Romil work really well together. We have some of the best studio sessions I’ve ever had; something just clicks. Our artistic visions are pretty in sync. He lets me do what I need to do on the beat without his interpretation. We mesh really well together.

Are you working on anything now?
I’m just working with Matt Champion a lot, on [Kevin Abstract’s forthcoming album, Death of A Supermodel], and on Brockhampton songs. I’m planning on putting out a project of my own, but I don’t want to ever look back at it and think that it could have been better. I want to do something artistically different.

Image: David Keaveny

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