Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (Warp/Border)

 |   |  1 min read

Flying Lotus: See Thru to U (ft Erykah Badu)
Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (Warp/Border)

Flying Lotus -- aka Californian Steven Ellison -- is the kind of artist who is giving tripped-out ambient electronica a good name with this deliberately noctural sounding outing.

His music, as witnessed on this dreamscape fourth album, doesn't entirely float off into the ether but remains cleverly grounded through influences from world music, downbeat neo-jazz, hip-hop and soul while still (mostly) effecting a featherlight cosmic journey.

Like a pastel jigsaw puzzle, the pieces here (mostly) fit so snugly that advance editions to reviewers came as a single continuous 46 minute track which actually made sense, even though there are vocal collaborations (again) with Niki Randa and Laura Darlington, and an understated Erykah Badu (whose voice-as-instrument makes you wish Flying Lotus had been around to work with Flora Purim in her heyday).

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is present on the gloomy electro-noir landscape of Electric Candyman with its disconcerting voices and unsettling beats.

DMT Song featuring Thundercat is a snippet of spaced-out soul . . .  and many of these separate tracks seem like edits from much longer pieces woven together. The remixes will doubtless be just as interesting and possibly more enlightening as this.

Not everything here works. The fuzzed-out static of The Nightcaller is a rude and unnecessary intrusion and tracks like Heave(n) are undernourished and incomplete.  The wonky and child-like electro-fairground pop of Putty Boy Strut also seems to have come from another consciousness.

But this is like a canvas of stretched out trippery (and occasional frippery) and if some of the pieces don't quite melt into the whole then rest assured, they are over soon enough and it is back to business as unusual again.

Soundtracks beckon.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Greatest Hits (Blackheart)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Greatest Hits (Blackheart)

If you quickly read the cover sticker on this belatedly released, 2010, 21-song double disc you'd be hooked,as you might think it pulls in eight songs by the Runaways (Jett's former band) alongside... > Read more

Carnivorous Plant Society: Carnivorous Plant Society (bandcamp)

Carnivorous Plant Society: Carnivorous Plant Society (bandcamp)

Drawing on everything from cool and classic Miles Davis, sci-fi, Mexican music, Spaghetti Westerns and ambient sounds, this large ensemble lead by Auckland horn and keyboard player Finn Scholes... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Le Trio Joubran: AsFar (World Village/Ode)

Le Trio Joubran: AsFar (World Village/Ode)

A previous album Majaz by these oud-playing Palestinian brothers was a Best of Elsewhere 2008 selection, so this one seems long overdue -- although I have just learned there was a live album in '09... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST STEVEN ATHANAS from Toledo, Ohio shares his outsider work

GUEST ARTIST STEVEN ATHANAS from Toledo, Ohio shares his outsider work

Having spent four decades being a singer in various bar bands, I am reinventing myself yet again – in my sixth decade on the planet – as a visual artist. Though some have... > Read more