“I feel like I’m attracted to artists who are looking for the meaning of life, people seeking to understand the universe through their work.” – Flying Lotus
[*Visual above came out only 2 days ago – This is the 1st of 2 tracks from You’re Dead! already released. Kendrick’s flow is seamless on FlyLo’s production, and this video? I cried*]
The masterful mind of Steven Ellison – better known as Flying Lotus – is a consistent and renewing resource that gives and gives. I don’t know how we mere mortals figure we’re worthy of all this musical goodness, so first off I’d like to thank my connect.
In a few days, FlyLo’s 5th studio album You’re Dead! is due for release. The last time I was this excited for an album was probably Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange (2012), or last year’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon by King Krule. (If you know me at all, you know how highly I hold Frank & Archy so you can probably assume my levels of anticipation at this point.)
Whether you’re FlyLo’s biggest fan, or someone who has only caught a few of his better known tracks/collaborations in passing, I think we can all agree has an undeniable gift. His appeal not only crosses genres, but is so far-reaching that he’s probably your favourite producer’s favourite producer. (By the way, he can rap too. Check out Captain Murphy’s Duality, 2012) He creates music that is innovative, experimental, and ground-breaking; All while ensuring his sound remains digestible and palatable – Oh, and he makes it look easy; natural even.
Teebs, who is one of the offbeat, unique, and innovative signees on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, creates music that is hard to characterise. The sounds he dreams up are nothing short of amazing. The words ‘beautiful’ and ‘organic’ are thrown around lightly when we non-musicians speak about music, but just one listen to Teebs and you will understand why these particular descriptions are appropriate. Also a talented and accomplished visual artist, Teebs manages to seamlessly marry optical and aural sensory in all of his artistic endeavors. His music sounds like the feeling of sunlight on your face; It sounds like a hill-top view of the ocean. Think back to when you would run barefoot on grass or climb trees as a kid, Teebs is the soundtrack to those moments – Textured, Ambient, Warm. Continue reading
When a visual artist makes music you can feel the sounds being layered as if they are materials or colours. I think this track is a beautiful example of the inextricable link between sound and sight.
If you’re in Melbourne catch the amazing Teebs this Friday at Howler in Brunswick! – Tickets here.