Lotus
Nomad


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andru Okenuf USER (31 Reviews)
March 9th, 2012 | 34 replies | 3,455 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trip to it, roll with it, chill on it. The prototype for 'jamtronica' is here, and if you haven't heard it yet, flip it on and listen as it melts your sorrows away

The electronically geared jam banders known as Lotus formed in 1999 at the small Mennonite college of Goshen in Indiana. While none of their LPs have gone onto major sales, they are known by festival go-ers across the US for their innovative light shows and stage presence modeled after acts like Phish and The Grateful Dead. Having appeared at Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, Starscape, Electric Forest, Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, Outside Lands and North Coast Festival amongst others this past year, they have performed in front of all kinds of audiences.

But before they were well known enough to embark on such an extensive tour, they first got themselves serious attention with the release of Nomad, their 2nd LP, and the attention was well-deserved. Their out of the ordinary sound grabs influences from Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream and gives it an infusion of bluegrass and funk. But as bizarre as this marriage sounds, they make it all work so seamlessly you would never second guess it.

“We’ll travel on this road” repeats a robotic voice throughout the track ‘Travel’, and in it a mantra of the album is conveyed. As soon as the captivating and smooth beats of ‘Suitcases’ set things in motion, Lotus is content to stick with long grooves, playing around with rather than altering the flow. That is to say, they prefer to go along with the sounds they create rather than establish an entirely new beat at the close of each track. Consistently giving off a loungy feel, what sets this LP apart from others is its liveliness, never making you feel the need to slump down, but instead giving off a consistent high that almost never lets up.

But there are a couple of pauses or alterations to this groove. Album highlight ‘Spiritualize’ is an uplifting track that stands tall and seems to elevate itself above the others. It manages to pick up and raise the mood of any room, giving vibes of connectedness and peace within surroundings that brim with importance. Track closer ‘Colorado’, however, takes things in the opposite direction entirely. Immediately coming off of the high of ‘Jump Off’, there’s an inexplicable sadness that gorgeously hovers all about. The most personal track on here, listening makes us feel in touch with our own being, and though feelings of weakness and powerlessness pervade, it seems ok that we’re feeling these things because they were always outside our control anyway.

Perhaps this album can be thought of as a more grounded version of what Flying Lotus has done, a band that is often confused with Lotus due to the similarity in name. Whereas Steven Ellison flies about in all directions at once, experimenting with strange sounds, splicing and merging incomprehensibly, Lotus is more grounded and approachable but just as mystical and experimental.

Musically, Lotus never reinvents the wheel, but that’s part of their charm. Nomad is an album that can only enhance your appreciation for everything that’s happening around you. And in this day and age, that’s something that should be cherished.



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aok
March 9th 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not sure if this'll get any play on sputnik but whatever. Albums mad chill and Lotus plays a fantastic live set if you're ever privileged to see them

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

CaptainDooRight
March 9th 2012



28682 Comments


post a stream bro

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

aok
March 9th 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Spiritualize ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REljRhAUAYQ )
Colorado ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REljRhAUAYQ )
Suitcases ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v6OzDVlcr0 )
Travel ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFchcJtqduo )

Best I could do on short notice.

CaptainDooRight
March 9th 2012



28682 Comments


cool will check

Bloodbirds
March 9th 2012



250 Comments


I heard the self titled album a few days ago. Very nice. I'll try this next.

aok
March 9th 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i like this one a bit better than the s/t so i hope you feel the same =)

twlichty
March 9th 2012



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lotus absolutely kills it live. cool review

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2012



31047 Comments


This is probably their best album

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ThroneOfAgony
March 9th 2012



3485 Comments


Jam rock and electronica? weird mix, but good review nonetheless

AggravatedYeti
March 9th 2012



7684 Comments


oh yeah andy?

aok
March 9th 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you depressed bird you


not anymore ;).

and yea dylan and dev. yea

aok
March 10th 2012



4385 Comments

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it's mad chill so probly

aok
March 10th 2012



4385 Comments

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i remember enjoying it. this one's better though yea

aok
March 10th 2012



4385 Comments

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a lot of 'free spirits' at lotus shows

aok
March 30th 2012



4385 Comments

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this album's very suave yea . gonna try to see lotus in mid may and watch the venue erupt in a cloud of smoke

aok
March 30th 2012



4385 Comments

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it was cool but not quite as good. they touring near you perchance? they go all over

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 1st 2012



4950 Comments


saw these guys back in 09 i think, was a pretty ridiculous show. i think 95% of the folks there were rolling

aok
July 1st 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

always seems like there's lots of candy flipping going on

aok
July 1st 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

seems like everyone's doing molly these days. (shrugs) -- it's cool that it's not cut with meth and coke as much anymore, but the whole bit never really appealed to me anyhow

aok
July 1st 2012



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

isn't acid also a club drug tho?



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