|Most fans know Stephen O’Malley from his other bands such as Burning Witch and Khanate. James Plotkin is also better known for his other bands such as Scorn and also Khanate. Together with Aaron Turner they however also have a lesser known band called Lotus Eaters. While I knew of its existence, this is my first actual encounter with the band.|
Due to the people playing in Lotus Eaters you automatically expect a certain style of music, at least I did. In a sense my expectations where met, but mostly I was very surprised. Where most of their other projects centre on the worship of SUNN amps and pouring out "Sonic Doom", Lotus Eaters are more like "Sonic Pixies". The music is much more experimental, and focuses on creating atmospheric minimalistic soundscapes.
Especially the beginning of the album gives me a feeling as if they are sprinkling around a kind of musical pixie dust. The music sounds foreboding and brooding, but somehow it contains an odd and very twisted playfulness. This quickly changes on later songs when the music becomes very solemn and sometimes consists of nothing more than one single pounding drumbeat every 2 or 3 seconds in the distance. With this release, the band aspires to the creation of a maximum atmospheric effect with a minimum of sound. They fully succeed in putting down a very haunting and blood chilling atmosphere. Any serious horror movie director would probably kill for a sound track like this!
I must admit however that halfway through my attention always seems to drift away. This type of music needs a lot of attention, while it does not demand it at all. On the contrary, it more often portrays itself as background music. But when you let that happen then you totally lose touch with the album and even forget that it’s playing. It is a very thin line to walk, and too often I must shamefully admit, I cross over to the side where I let it be background music, or well… background sounds. Occasionally the album grabs you again and it does demand a bit of attention with more chaotic sound-structures. But mostly the music flows throughout the entire CD.
If you are into truly experimental music, crossing over into a collection of sounds and soundscapes, then you should check out this release. Fans of for example Godspeed You Black Emperor! or A Silver Mt Zion will probably really enjoy this. If you however have a short attention span, then you might want to look elsewhere. This album is truly like tightrope walking, the music itself does it and so do its listeners. Whether the listener or the music falls, is however totally up to each individual.
Duration : Approx. 59 minutes
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