Flying Lotus | Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)

cd flying-lotusSteve Ellison has been making music for years, so there is no surprise that he has perfected the art.

 

I am not a fan of the modern age in many ways, but there are a few great artists out there that can change even the toughest of opinions. Flying Lotus is a great composer and no matter your opinions of digital music, sampling, beats, or the similar, FlyLo is the answer for those in doubt. Mastering any craft usually takes years of practice; Steve Ellison has been making music for years, so there is no surprise that he has perfected the art.

Hip-hop has changed the musical landscape in a lot of ways, but with such an emphasis on what the beat sounds like or how it affects the listener, the most crucial part of the genre is its sound. You would be hard pressed to find anyone as creative as Ellison in this department. His beats/tracks are filled with complexities, and Until the Quiet Comes illustrates just how far he has come.

To get a better idea, just look at the many up and coming artists that use his creations to propel their career. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy have both propelled FlyLo’s name within just the past few months, introducing him to an entirely new audience.

With bells, cymbals, shakers, guitars, kick drums, harps, synths, mind-numbing bass, strings, vocals, and a myriad of other instrumentation; Until the Quiet Comes fills your speakers. It goes from busy to simplistic, slow to fast, high to low, and everywhere in between.

The album expands and contracts, builds and collapses, and walks you through the mountain passes and cavernous falls of an entire musical world. It is ever changing and grabs you from the second it starts until the last note slips away. It is just as much a jazz record as it is trip-hop, using elements that have been “out of style” from decades past. It is Coltrane meets 2001: A Space Odyssey—but maybe that makes sense, given Ellison’s great aunt is Alice Coltrane.

There was also quite a bit of star power on this record, with the likes of Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu, among others. They seem to be naturally drawn to FlyLo as he manages to add to an already incredible catalog.

There are so many elements to this record that it is hard to truly capture the feel or texture of it, but all I can say is that it is more than an album: it is an experience. It is the type of record you could listen to hundreds of times and notice something new on each listen. Check it out: It is worth the cash and most definitely the time. A+ | Alex Hodschayan

RIYL: Phantogram, Gold Panda, Thundercat

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