Feed your brain.
Steven Ellison is indeed the great-nephew of Alice and John Coltrane, who are badasses in the world of jazz, but he has shown the world time and again that he deserves more than his share of credit for landmark albums such as 1983, Los Angeles, and Cosmogramma. My word. He hasn’t missed yet. This record is born of the dream world and shifts dynamics, tempos, treble and bass, and instrumentation ad infinitum. FlyLo weaves amazing bass guitar lines with synth keys, fantastic vocal work used predominately for the texture more than the actual vocal talent, and beautiful strings all over the place. It’s more accessible overall than his previous albums, since he worked at creating more distilled compositions than prior work, and it dips, bobs, dives, weaves all over the frequencies perceptible to the human ears and mind. Play this, and play it loudly and proudly. Play it at any moment. Let it take you away to where you will never want to come back.
Think: Brainfeedin’ beats of ephemeral jazz and trip-hop
REC: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 (ALL, really)
Label: Warp Records
Release Date: Oct.2, 2012
Alex Applegate reviewed this album on Oct. 2, 2012