Filed under: Issue 22, Issue 22 Reviews | Tags: …And the World Laughs with You, Cosmogramma, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Laura Darlington, new album, Radiohead, Steve Ellison, Thom Yorke
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
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Experimental electro-producer and musician Steve Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, has made quite a name for himself as an innovator of a genre often left untouched by modern electronic artists. With two stellar releases prior to his most recent effort, Ellison has laid the foundation for yet another groundbreaking release, and with Cosmogramma delivers an extremely rewarding product.
Featuring appearances from Thom Yorke, Laura Darlington and Erykah Badu, the record complements its overwhelming guest list with an appealing sound. In his brief yet wildly dense tracks, Ellison warps sound waves into forms that will intrigue and please any fan of the genre.
On Yorke’s track, “…And the World Laughs with You,” listeners encounter a coarsely distorted synth accented by a swirling, almost industrial sounding beat – a motif repeated throughout the record. The track’s emotional intensity is aided by Yorke’s outlandish but always-recognizable vocals. The way the song takes such a varying course of emotion fits into the framework of the album perfectly and will give first-time listeners a good idea of what Flying Lotus is all about.
Unfortunately, Flying Lotus’s style is one of brevity. Most tracks finish in two minutes, which may disappoint listeners keen on song build-up. Some may misinterpret this as a lack of sonic maturity, seeing the cuts as fragments of studio experimentation rather than fully fleshed out songs. Nonetheless, the cuts certainly do not lack potency. This can be read as the true measure of Ellison’s success.
BY John Luposello
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