First Impressions: Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
By Kate Cliffen on February 16, 2010
01. Clock Catcher
03. Nose Art
04. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05. Zodiac Shit
06. ...And The World Laughs With You
09. Do The Astral Plane
11. German haircut
13. Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
14. Drips//Auntie’s Harp
15. Table Tennis
16. Galaxy In Janaki
-Flying Lotus is back with his highly awaited third studio album – Cosmogramma. The man himself describes the album, which features a number of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, as a ‘space opera.’ And, funny enough, that’s pretty much what it is.
-Cosmogramma opens with the mystifying track, ‘Clock Catcher.’ It’s genre-unclear, but it already sounds dissimilar to his previous work. The collision of textures and noise really sets the vibe and gets you pretty keyed up for what’s about to come.
-Things really take off in the third track, ‘Noise Art.’ It’s glitchy, it’s squeaky, and it’s bouncy - this is knob-tweaking electro at it’s best, resulting in, well…noise art.
-A massive contrast comes in the tracks ‘Intro//A Cosmic Drama’ and ‘Zodiac Shit.’ They are both fairly ambient, and amongst a whole range of new sounds, is a mesmerizing harp - which adds a new depth to the track. Think Jason & The Argonauts meets Alice in Wonderland, truly wacky, but truly wondrous.
-‘…And The World Laughs With You,’ features guest vocals from the man with his finger in all the pies – yes, it’s Thom Yorke. This is quite an upbeat number, and Yorke’s vocals are a perfect fit for FlyLo’s operatic new sound - It’s a flawless track, and an album highlight.
-After some slightly unnerving arrangements, which sound straight out of a 1950’s slasher flick, the album flows into ‘Do The Astral Plane.’ Here, FlyLo returns to some of the hip-hop sounds of 2008s Los Angeles, but adds some big bass and dirty synth, ensuing in a big electro cut. The album turns another corner with ‘Recoiled,’ which feels almost like old-time improvised jazz.
“Noise Art,” “…And The World Laughs With You,’ “Arkestry,” “Do The Astral Plane”
After reinventing a whole new area of electro/beats with 2008's Los Angeles, Flying Lotus has already been hailed as the sound wizard of his generation - and Cosmogramma certainly doesn’t disappoint. The album is a real clash of sounds and genres, and FlyLo has definitely expanded on his already experimental sound. Innovative, exciting and a real journey - but through where, It’s hard to say.