October ’12 CD of the Month: Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus
It’s not every year that we hear an artist as fascinating and expansive as Flying Lotus. His psychedelic works of electronic odyssey have been growing more intelligent as the years have passed, and now with Until the Quiet Takes Us, L.A. producer Steve Ellison has proven that there is no one in the world of music who can do exactly what he does.
Hailing from L.A.’s glimmering beat scene, Flying Lotus (lovingly dubbed “FlyLo”) was signed to legendary electronic label Warp early in his career. His reputation grew as he released a string of thought-provoking and hard-hitting LPs, including 1983, the Reset EP and the critically acclaimed Los Angeles. It wasn’t until 2010, however, when he released his space opus Cosmogramma featuring guest spots from vocalists such as Thom Yorke, that the electronic world realized that Ellison was on to something special. The anticipation over how FlyLo would follow up such a statement of a record has been nail-biting, but as promised, Until the Quiet Comes has taken his sound even further and created yet another journey into psychedelic paradise.
Featuring heavy doses of jazz, bass, glitch music, and gorgeously orchestrated strings, Until the Quiet Comes feels more like a full band album than any other FlyLo record. The grooving basslines of “Thundercat” drive the paranoid beats forward, and Ellison’s taste for samples and synthesizers conjure up fascinating colors before sucking them back into the void. Thom Yorke makes yet another guest appearance as well as soul diva Erykah Badu, but FlyLo twists their voices to the point that they are just mere instruments at his disposal. Intoxicating, profound, and epic, Until the Quiet Comes feels more like a voyage into the mind than just an album.