Lotusâ€™ transformation from organic, livetronica act to full-blown electronica collective is nearly complete. Album after album, the band has steered away from their jam-y origins into intricate dance music, and their self-titled fourth release finds the quartet even less human and more machine.
It suits Lotus well, though. Their smooth instrumentation has grown a strut and a skitter; hip-hop vocal samples emerge and repeat in broken tongues, and synths expand and collapse like a resuscitated lung. It is heavy at times, but distinct. Lotus are clearly growing into themselves. This is truly apparent in the brass bump of â€œBush Pilotâ€ which hits with anthemic, â€˜70s funk glory. The celestial sparkle of â€œThe Surfâ€ mellows with synthetic salt-water and sunshine, and â€œEvergreeneryâ€ brings Boards of Canada-style ambiance to life.
The band has grown into a tight, electronic unit drawing pulsing beats and passion from their instruments. This is an aptly-titled eponymous release; a self-defining classic and their best yet. This is Lotus in full bloom.
Lotus is out now on SCI Fidelity Records.