Steven Ellison a.k.a. Flying Lotus (or FlyLo as he is called) got his start by crafting juicy, booming dubstep cuts for Cartoon Network to use in whichever way they deemed best (those commercials continue to impress and affect with every new idea).
Cosmogramma is an intricate, challenging record that fuses his loves– jazz, hip-hop, videogame sounds, IDM– into something unique. It's an album in the truest sense. Cosmogramma is conceived as a movement– bits of one song spill into the next, and its individual tracks make the most sense in the context of what surrounds them. In this sense, it feels almost like an avant-garde jazz piece, and so it takes more than a few listens to sink in– one or two spins and you're still at the tip of the iceberg.
Sundial Lotus, the debut release from Salo, could easily be described as exuberant. Full of unpredictable energy, cadenced affinity and cross-genre influences, it wriggles out of one confine after another, creating small snippets of friction and long passages of intrigue. The septet's players hail from the critically acclaimed groups The Respect Sextet, Jerseyband and Little Women, all denizens of the New York jazz scene. Despite the more avant-garde leanings of those groups, Salo uses free improvisation judiciously while never settling into straight-ahead jazz for more than a few moments.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
When the network did not exist and at the time of purchase music, I often faced sealed LPs, without oportunity able to listen them. How to choose and buy without a mistake?
Well, in my case I always depended on my instincts. Sometimes a simple but attractive cover was the final choice (evidently based on artists I knew). An excellent example is this double LP of “The John Renbourn Group”, knew about John Renbourn next to Jacqui McShee (Both from Pentangle).
The Dirty Bourbon River Show’s 10th studio album – The Flying Musical Circus drops on April Fool’s Day.