11 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For its ninth album, this prolific and innovative jam band moves into more electro-trimmed realms. Over the band’s foundation of drums, bass, and guitar, it dynamically balances string and horn arrangements with analog synthesizers, dub echoes, manipulated sounds, and electronic rhythms. “Golden Ghost” opens with a sophisticated funk groove that uses short bursts of vocals as an extra instrument. “Blacklight Sunflare” follows, as distorted bass synths nicely contrast a sweeping string section. “Dowrn” features rubbery bass tones slinking around old-school keyboards that approximate vintage videogames; the result sounds like a more soulful version of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade. The only vocal track here, “The Surf,” plays a bit like rave culture’s very own Jack Johnson, with lilting inflections, reverberated guitars, and glittering keyboard ambiance creating what sounds like beach-party music from the not-too-distant future.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For its ninth album, this prolific and innovative jam band moves into more electro-trimmed realms. Over the band’s foundation of drums, bass, and guitar, it dynamically balances string and horn arrangements with analog synthesizers, dub echoes, manipulated sounds, and electronic rhythms. “Golden Ghost” opens with a sophisticated funk groove that uses short bursts of vocals as an extra instrument. “Blacklight Sunflare” follows, as distorted bass synths nicely contrast a sweeping string section. “Dowrn” features rubbery bass tones slinking around old-school keyboards that approximate vintage videogames; the result sounds like a more soulful version of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade. The only vocal track here, “The Surf,” plays a bit like rave culture’s very own Jack Johnson, with lilting inflections, reverberated guitars, and glittering keyboard ambiance creating what sounds like beach-party music from the not-too-distant future.

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4:30
4:02
4:45
5:29
5:16
4:43
5:18
3:32

About Lotus

Combining elements of jam bands and electronic dance rock, Lotus was formed by brothers Jesse Miller (bass/sampler) and Luke Miller (guitar/keyboards), Steve Clemens (drums), Chuck Morris (percussion), and Mike Rempel (guitar) while they were attending Goshen College in Indiana in 1999. They recorded their debut album, Vibes, in concert in the fall of 2001 and self-released it in 2002. A second live album, Germination, was released on Harmonized Records on May 13, 2003. Nomad, the group's first studio recording, followed on September 21, 2004. The Strength of Weak Ties, another studio album, appeared on April 4, 2006. Lotus was signed to the SCI Fidelity label for its third live album, a double disc called Escaping Sargasso Sea, released May 29, 2007. Five months later, Copy/Paste/Repeat: Lotus Remixed was issued on November 6, 2007. Lotus' third studio album, Hammerstrike, came out on October 14, 2008. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Goshen, IN
  • FORMED
    1999

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