Flying Lotus recently unveiled brand-new album ‘Flamagra‘.
After a five-year-long hiatus, FlyLo finally released his much awaited album and has fans going berserk!
The sixth studio album by the American producer, DJ, songwriter & filmmaker was released on May 24th, 2019.
Sprawling with deep cosmic textures and imaginative beat work, with some eclectic guest appearances in his most scattered and cinematic ambitious album yet.
Flying Lotus stays true to his style and originality, which wavers from anywhere between pop, electronic, experimental, dance music, hip-hop, funk, jazz, tribal poly-rhythms and is forever filled with surprises.
His music is not for the commercial space music industry and is a niche in itself which he has carved with great dexterity.
Most folks may find his music unappealing which is more of an acquired taste that tends to grow on you the more you listen to it.
The album can be described as spontaneous, catchy and warm, gathered along during the five year long break.
Thematically, the album was built around the concept of fire, an eternal flame that is sitting on a hill.
It is his longest album yet at 27 tracks, 1 hour and 7 minutes long its big and complex.
With its vast variety of soundscapes, it bounces from anywhere between jazz to pure electronic break-beat music.
It doesn’t let you get settled into one genre, this even seeps into his videos that he has made for the album.
For instance, the video with David Lynch is more of a narrative based spoken words based piece – creepy, weird, eerie, strange, theatrical with instrumental embellishments happening behind David Lynch’s vocals in the background, which is kind of twisted and manipulative because the closer you get to the end of the track the tempo increases and you wonder if this track is going to segway into the next track on the album.
Whilst the album has all the ambition, I think it kind of lacks the same concise vision as his previous albums.
The album can jump from tone to tone pretty jarringly on quite a few occasions.
Some tracks feel a bit inessential, giving you the feeling he has punched under his weight a bit.
Tracks could have been cut short or some not included at all, such as the inclusion of the track ‘FF4’ seemed inessential to the album.
Some tracks on the album don’t feel like they belong, making the album feel a bit bloated and tiring.
It was difficult to understand why an artist of such great stature, would release something which would seem like he was just trying to see what would stick.
I never really felt that one track is bouncing or flowing off of the momentum of the previous song.
Having said that, Flamagra has some great moments, the main being for me the track with Anderson Paak.
The track ‘More’ is just perfect, the beats, the tight baselines and the drums everything falls right into place.
The track with Takaashi is the longest, but hits all the right notes and the elements fall right into place.
Two other tracks which I personally liked are Andromeda and black balloons which are succinct and beautiful.
The album is one of the most precious embody of works, which is still a very impressive work of art.
Flamagra is available to stream below and can be purchased in digital and vinyl copies here.
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Flying Lotus would be touring mid august, below are the tour dates :
— FLAMAGRA NORTH AMERICA TOUR —
9 – 11 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
10 – Portland, OR – Roseland
11 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
12 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
14 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union
16 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
17 – Taos, NM – Taos Vortex
18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
21 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
24 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
25 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
26 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
27 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
29 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Mirage
31 – North Adams, Ma – Mass MoCA
02 – Columbus, Oh – Express Live
03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage Ae
04 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05 – Cincinnati, Oh – Madison Theater
06 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
07 – Richmond, VA – The National
10 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
11 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
12 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
19 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo