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Nomad

Lotus

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Album Review

Opening with a peppy two-step acid riff, this debut studio album by the Philadelphian five-piece combo Lotus soon reveals the band to be not so much a dance act, but rather an electronically inclined jazz-funk outfit, led by the minimal guitar pluck of Mike Rempel. But that doesn't mean the electronic influence becomes moot. Quite the contrary; Rempel's quick-picked soft blues six-string style often merges with the arpeggiated keyboards of Luke Miller, making it difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Similarly, Steve Clemens' drum playing scoots right along with Chuck Morris' electronic percussion which skips at a tempo faster than your average downtempo offering. Pushing up towards the house music zone, "Livingston Storm" and "Travel" ride a steady thump while "Plan Your Root" offers an easy listening version of the drum'n'bass break. This interesting fusion of light jazz motifs with dance/club rhythms and effects makes for strange bedfellows. In fact, over the course of any given song, the group can't seem to decide on which side of the fence they wish to sit. The result is not an uncomfortable coupling, but rather a wishy-washy affair that never settles into its own sense of self. While many classic- and jazz-trained artists have made the transition to club music with success, John Arnold and Jeremy Ellis (both originally of jazz-funk band Jazzhead) come to mind, this group of skilled players are considerably less adept at knowing when to put aside their light rock tendencies and just get on with the groove.

Customer Reviews

Fantasic

For the first time, I saw them live and their music was phenominal. Very creative, and makes you move. This album is worth every penny.

WOW!!!!

GET this album, mute alice in wonderland when she falls down the hole, and hit play on this album you have to be very **** tho...overall, this album is everywhere and i love it....A+ album.

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This album combines Lotus' usual creativity and sense of fun with their most professional sound yet. The trancelike music manages to be at once spontaneous and polished. Luke Miller's keyboard skills add more to this album than any of the others, and the addition of some vocal effects is very welcome. Oh, and I should mention that Colorado is one of the most beautiful songs by this band or by any band.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Goshen, IN

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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