Album Review: Flying Lotus, “Until the Quiet Comes”

Steven Ellison, the mastermind behind the genre-creating, movement-starting, crowd-moving moniker Flying Lotus (or FlyLo), has quite a few singles, EPs, compilations and mixes, all of which can be hard to keep track. However, his full-length albums now rest at a more manageable four.

His previous album, Cosmogramma, adopted strong influences from jazz and hip hop, and adopted them well. This time around, FlyLo has taken a more minimal approach where each song takes its time to build into a finely crafted track from start to finish.

The first six songs on Until The Quiet Comes, lovingly eases us into a Flying Lotus listening experience. With calming melodies mixed with hints of glitchy beats and splashes of delightful bass, I found myself lost in a wonderful combination of beautiful audio mixed together into a symphony of sound waves.

“Sultan’s Request” rocks us back into a bass-filled paradise, reminding us that we are, indeed, listening to the new FlyLo album. The perfect, stripped-down beat and simple yet unstoppably powerful bass tones hit the spot after six songs of light melodies.

Directly following is “Putty Boy Strut,” which lends itself perfectly to the song prior. With a strong beat, the most energized of the entire album thus far, this will give any crowd the groove they’ve been looking for.

Ellison shows his fondness for using vocals as another layer of the song rather than making it the main attraction in tracks like “Until The Quiet Comes” and “Electric Candyman,” the latter featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead. The instrumental portions of these songs blend wonderfully with the vocals, stepping away from what might be expected with a collaboration with a popular artist, and building something that only FlyLo is capable of.

Not known to shy away from collaborations, Ellison has said that he enjoys working with people who view his tracks as completed and look for ways that they can improve them. This album is full of guest appearances, ranging from the fantastic bass progressions of Thundercat to vocal tracks by Erykah Badu and Laura Darlington.

The final tracks mix sounds ranging from keyboards, bells, vocals and string trills, each building into euphoric climaxes, ending triumphantly with “Dream To Me,” which gives us one final build into beautiful layers of calming melody, suddenly fading out as if we just jumped off of the most beautiful waterfall and are now free falling back to reality.

Previous Flying Lotus albums:

  • 1983  (2006)
  • Los Angeles (2008)
  • Cosmogramma (2010)

Flying Lotus — “Putty Boy Strut”


For more information about Flying Lotus, visit flying-lotus.com.

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