Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
Lotus and Moon Hooch
At its worst, jamtronica—the ever-growing subset of improvisational music spun around electronic and dance sounds—can be every bit as meandering and indulgent as the worst guitar-based jam music, but Philadelphia’s Lotus has perfected its niche. Released through String Cheese Incident’s SCI Fidelity label, the group’s recent albums have grooves to spare, and though the group stretches their funky, cowbell-laden jams to the breaking point, they never draw them out to the point of boredom. They play like recordings from an alternate universe where Tortoise decided to drop their art-rock pretenses and just invite The Rapture over for a dance party. Following up 2011’s Lotus, this month the group will release their latest album for SCI Fidelity, Build.