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Flying Lotus – “Arkestry”

I’m not what you’d call an electronic expert and, to level with you guys, this is the only Flying Lotus album I’ve ever heard more than once. Still, that should tell you something about just how impactful this album was at the time of its release, and how influential it remains. I’m not well-versed enough on popular opinions surrounding Cosmogramma to accurately predict what the most popular songs are (although a cursory search of review threads seems to suggest either ‘Zodiac Shit’ or ‘Do The Astral Plane’ [maybe ‘Pickled!’ low-key?]), but I’ve always been drawn to ‘Arkestry’ – a stunning electronic symphony of freestyle jazz elements. Other songs on Cosmogramma offer more layers and textural complexity, but this is always the moment that stops me in my tracks with its sheer beauty. Bubbling electronic effects give way to cascading drums, which eventually split the center of the song open into a gorgeous ravine of jazz horns. As subtle pianos underscore the transition into the track’s final minute, an eerie, apparition-like voice begins to hum in a theatrical-yet-ominous fashion. The way the song fluidly progresses within itself is a thing of beauty, and while it may not be the most popular pick from Cosmorgramma, it’s the one that captured the attention of an indie-head like me.  If Cosmorgramma is the album that got me into electronic music back in 2010, then I have to credit ‘Arkestry’ as one of the most influential tracks on my own personal decade.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
02.20.20
Picking this back up. Only 28 more to go.

JohnnyoftheWell
02.20.20
Weird Cosmo pick, but pretty much anything from this album is good stuff

SowingSeason
02.20.20
yeah I know what you mean, it's pretty damn consistent and every track is worthy of recognition. this one always stuck out to me.

JohnnyoftheWell
02.20.20
For sure, feels like any single track is like a reminder of the full album experience (maybe excepting Astral Plane). Gonna jam this one again in a sec

twlichty
02.20.20
Personally I'd pick Galaxy in Janaki

Lord(e)Po)))ts
02.20.20
Super weird FlyLo pick but I'm proud of you none the less.

Kind of serves as an interlude which is why i say it's weird, an amazing interlude but none-the-less

Lord(e)Po)))ts
02.20.20
NONE

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LESS

SowingSeason
02.20.20
To be fair though like more than half of this album is interlude-length

Lord(e)Po)))ts
02.20.20
Yeah that's true but I dont mean because of its length, but rather in effect

That's how it comes across to me at least. There are other similarly short tracks that come across as much less interludey to me, ie satellittee

SowingSeason
02.20.20
Fair enough. Like you said before I have weird taste.

dedex
02.21.20
Niiiiiice! Cool you come back with that man, and with a weird yet interesting choice.

Small typo: "If Cosmorgramma is the album..."

DavidShaw1213
02.21.20
I'm so glad these are back!

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