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REVIEW: Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes

REVIEW: Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes

By: Alex Ramirez
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October 2, 2012
After releasing Cosmogramma in 2010, Steven Ellison, under the moniker Flying Lotus, remained under the radar for quite some time. Now, two years later, the beat aficionado has released his latest album, Until the Quiet Comes.

Drawing inspiration from unconventional instrumentation such as African percussion and oriental styled melodies, Until the Quiet Comes is a profound maturation from Cosmogramma. While it still retains Flying Lotus’ electronic jazz staple, the album ventures into atypical, otherworldly concepts that somehow remain memorable and relevant. It explores the hidden chasms of the foreign subconscious with it’s soothing synths, dulcet keystrokes, and soaring harmonization.

The whole album seems to be a continuous journey as it seamlessly meanders through each song. Until the Quiet Comes first kicks off with the beguiling “All In,” as the futuristic and serene soundscape transcends into the percussion heavy, “Getting There.” In “Getting There,” romantic chimes coat the charming timbres of Niki Randa.

However, Niki Randa isn’t the only musician Flying Lotus collaborates with in his album. From the sultry songstress of Erykah Badu, the enigmatic wailer Thom Yorke, or the precise bassist, Thundercat, Until the Quiet Comes reaps of innovative collaborations that only add to the creative ingenuity behind the album.

In “See Thru To U,” Erykah Badu’s sensual cadence is layered upon one another to create an indiscernible and eerie soundscape of croons, “oo’s” and “ah’s.” The soundscape is set as a backdrop to the hyperactive bassline, and jungle styled percussion. The chaos immediately stops as the song is concluded with luscious minor 7th chords and Badu’s soulful line.

“See Thru To U,” is immediately followed by “Until the Quiet Comes,” “DMT Song,” and “The Nightcaller,” which could very well be the most memorable songs off the album. It’s infectious and aggressive bass arpeggios journey throughout the psychedelic journey that is laid within the three songs. The bass hook in “Until the Quiet Comes,” soon takes flight off a precipice once “DMT Song,” kicks in with the calm and charming falsetto of Thundercat. It’s a slow and sensuous ballad as it meanders through soft chords and gentle piano rolls. However, the delicate melodies build up into a hyperactive groove in “The Nightcaller.” The bass is even more amplified and erratic as it sets into a steady groove of 808 drums and bubbly synths.

The most haunting song off the album is, “Electric Candyman,” as it starts with a droning synth that is soon disrupted by the obscure and distant timbres of Thom Yorke. It’s horrifying as a distant howl roars into the dark soundscape while Yorke softly lulls, “Look into the mirror.”

The otherworldly journey into the recesses of Flying Lotus’ mind is concluded with the beguiling, “Dream To Me.” It’s layered with indiscernible mumbles and atmospheric synths that conclude Until the Quiet Comes with not a bang but a whimper.

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