November 8, 2012 Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
I try to convey this feeling of being innocent in a mystical state, being in a place that’s new, seeing things with brand new eyes, for better or worse. I just imagine this little kid floating on a beautiful king-size bed over the city at night, seeing all sorts of crazy stuff happening in the world.
Personally, I love immersive artistic experiences. Whether that immersive experience references something tangibly close to the quotidien (a film like American Beauty, Banksy’s art, too many books and albums to count) or creates a universe of its own (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Titan A.E., Brazil, infinite others) is purely an artistic choice.
Though there are many musicians who create an immersive universe, Flying Lotus is one of those rare few whose music allows the listener to create an objective universe of his or her own using the music as vehicle. His previous release, Cosmogramma, reached a maximum saturation point and created a totally awesome, albeit demanding, listening experience. On Until The Quiet Comes, he cleared the canvas and chose to use a totally different sonic concept (which is pretty much the most sensical direction from a progressive standpoint). Here, ethereal soundscapes are punctuated by a wide array of unique percussive sounds. Edgy synths are juxtaposed with handclaps. Each track is still a relatively short venture into a very specific world – the longest track is 4 minutes and 40 seconds, with most clocking in between 1:30 and 3 minutes; each is a masterfully crafted vignette. Each leaves us wanting more, but then we’re instantly drawn in by what happens next; the entire CD is one large composition where each track is more like a movement than an individual track.
The range of talent featured here is insane – we get Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, Stephen Bruner aka the prodigious Thundercat, among others. Not to mention his pairing with Cyriak’s incredible signature music video production skills, which you can check out in action on the track Putty Boy Strut:
This album belongs on any best of 2012 list, no question!
You figure out what the feeling is, and if it’s one of those good feelings, you don’t want it to last too long, either. It’s like an orgasm, man– if it lasted forever, it wouldn’t be awesome. Actually, an orgasm would be awesome if it lasted forever. – FL