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Flying Lotus w/Thundercat and TEEBS @ Showbox SODO [Seattle]
May 22, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - 2:00 am$26.50
The Seattle Theatre Group Presesnt
Flying Lotus with Thundercat and TEEBS
Wednesday May 22, 2013
$26.50 ADV // All-Ages
As a great-nephew of Alice and John Coltrane and cousin of Ravi Coltrane, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that Steven Ellison (aka FlyLo) would wind up in the music field. Nor is it surprising that he takes somewhat of an experimental and avant garde approach with his compositions, but, regardless of his associations, genetic or otherwise, it doesn’t make the soundscapes that he crafts any less impressive or mindboggling. With the amount of crazy left-field layers, glitches, and textures that he manages to pile in and overlap –often in what feels to be nearly claustrophobic aural quarters– his approach could easily and instantly become a complete disaster in the hands of a less skilled producer. By some miraculous gift, Flying Lotus actually manages to pull beautiful visceral cohesion out of the most chaotic and unwieldy circumstances. Perhaps that’s part of the magic; the tension and the dance. Like a ballet dancer high on mescaline with luminous feet, scraped up knees, and fluorescent blood, stumbling into plie after plie and landing them, the songs collapse into their own wormholes and reemerge, wonderfully jostled, yet unscathed. They fold in on themselves and resurface through shallow, bubbling pools of fresh crystal clear water. Shambolic noises turn into elegant masterpieces. Iridescent specters ascend in mist from their clunky, fallen, mechanical, humanoid frameworks. This android has a human heart with an irregular beat pumping a mixture of warm plasma and opiates throughout its system. Imagine sitting in a rusty junkyard with an electric fence trimmed with soft glowing motel sign neon, as the awe-inspiring image of a Tropical sunrise frames the backdrop. Ellison has the ability to create beautiful kinetic sculptures out of audio– hypnotic cycles of shimmering, clicking repetition; a collection of shaky joints turning a pulley system that operates the cosmos. Each of the otherwise conflicting elements actually feed each other rather than destroy. Now imagine being in the same room as he creates them.
FlyLo has become a key figure in the extremely active Los Angeles experimental electronic scene and, beyond creating and releasing his own highly influential music, he is also the founder of the Brainfeeder label, which releases music by such artists as, former Monster Fresh interviewees, Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer. Also signed to the label are tow impressive young talents; a bass master that goes by the name Thundercat and a beat maker/visual artist named TEEBS, who is a bit of a prodigy for FlyLo and the Brainfeeder family. I met TEEBS once, while he was hanging out with Daedelus in Seattle and, while he may seem like an unsuspecting and quiet character to someone like myself, who was completely unaware of his work at the time, this guy is no joke when it comes to what he’s producing. In fact, he’s performed as one half of a project with Prefuse 73 during last year’s MOOGFEST in North Carolina. He will also be on this FlyLo bill, so get there early enough to catch him and don’t be surprised if he steals the entire show. From what I’ve been told, this definitely wouldn’t be the first time that he’s done it.