On Tuesday, jamtronica veterans Lotus launched new EP Citrus. Recorded at Spice Hound Sound throughout the identical periods that produced 2020’s energizing Free Swim, the seven-track Citrus presents a notably looser, funkier set. Drawing from a deep properly of influences—from space-rock to West African rhythms to lush, dreamy grooves—Lotus presents loads of nice musical paths to walk down with the brand new providing.
In honor of the discharge of Citrus, Lotus guitarist/keyboardist Luke Miller and bassist/producer Jesse Miller have supplied a track-by-track breakdown of the EP, giving followers an unique peek backstage. Press play beneath (or stream through the platform of your selection here) and scroll down for Luke’s track-by-track walkthrough.
Lotus – Citrus – Full EP
1. “Journey to Saturn“
Luke Miller: “Journey to Saturn” is a mid-tempo psychedelic rock music with hints of Pink Floyd and Boards of Canada. The primary groove is constructed round a chugging synth sample backed by grand piano, cosmic guitar. Then the mechanics of this musical spaceship begin to crank, unfurling the photo voltaic sail by means of 9 chords modifications that slyly return to the primary groove however transposed up a step. Because the galactic journey shifts into decrease gear, the guitar solo soars over the spacious groove.
Penning this music I wished to mix classic synth sounds with the space-rock sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. The vibe walks a tightrope between melancholy and blossoming optimism. Studying to play the keyboard components concurrently was difficult with a hand-stretching ostinato and a melody that jumps over two octaves.
In the course of the recording, I believed the drums and bassline actually locked in to type a rock-solid base for the guitar to let free over.
Luke Miller: “Citrus” takes a visit to the tropics with sounds of the Kora (stringed West African instrument) and Balafon (West African marimba). The bass provides a polyrhythm beneath and the guitar performs a singing melody on prime of this humid groove. Layers of sounds proceed so as to add with flute, ethereal pads, and crisp percussion. The music picks up steam because the bass grabs the reigns and begins strolling across the fretboard with decided drive.
Mid-song, the devices pause earlier than starting a full run. The time signature shifts right into a 12/8 triplet-based groove and the guitar unleashes peals of angular riffs whereas the percussion provides a thick mattress of earthy ripples.
Penning this music I had created the opening components with the triplet bass line. Jesse [Miller] took that concept and got here up with transitioning into the 12/8 part. I feel this music performs with the underlying musical connections between jazz, African sounds, and trendy electronica.
3. “Phantom Tooth”
Jesse Miller: “Phantom Tooth” is among the uncommon songs I wrote by beginning with the bass line. I wished one thing funky that coated the complete size of the fretboard within the spirit of a number of the nice funk bass strains like Sly‘s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” or Herbie‘s “Cling Up Your Cling Ups”. We saved a traditional jazz-funk sound by utilizing Wurlitzer, Clavinet, and organ for the keyboards. Mike Rempel performed a scorching solo over the bridge that offers the monitor an epic really feel regardless that it clocks in beneath 4 minutes.
4. “Yr of the Jaguar”
Luke Miller: For this composition, I wished to seize the sound of prowling by means of the jungle the place darkish shadows and beams of sunshine proceed to shift and interlock. A head-nodding beat from the drums and a swaggering guitar riff stalk the prey. The tune pounces in assault mode in the course of the refrain with the synth and guitar menacing down.
Then within the center, the bass steps up with funky bounce that retains circling round a altering root observe like a assured boxer. The synth performs watery chords and the guitar prances over the chord modifications with feline agility.
Luke Miller: Just like the broad-winged hen, this music soars in majestic vogue. Grand piano arpeggios create currents of air for the guitar to fly on. The drums and bass create an enormous pocket and a mellotron choir pillows round it. Taking part in delicately within the center throughout an improvisatory stretch the piano displays beams of daylight till the guitar catches one other updraft to take the music again to the ultimate flight.
6. “Fields of Mint”
Luke Miller: I wished to create a way of blissful nostalgia with this one. Rolled vibraphone chords with a good drum groove and a thick bass riff set the stage for a fleet guitar melody. The bridge ushers in a faster-harmonized riff between the guitar and keyboard whereas the drums and percussion create a woody surroundings with stick clicks.
7. “Drifting Away From Shore”
Luke Miller: There’s a feeling on a sizzling summer season day if you end up floating on the water the place time appears to cease and the infinity of the sky places you right into a hypnotic state. To seize that feeling in a music we used a restricted palette of sounds—Wurlitzer piano, weathered sounding drums, heat bass, tambourine, congas, and hefty helpings of reverb. Float away on the waves.