Cosmogramma, Steve Ellison’s third LP under the Flying Lotus moniker, features a plethora of guest artists. But rather than fragmenting the release, the many voices and instruments added to the mix cohere admirably into a swirling maelstrom which Ellison styles as a “space opera.”
“Clock Catcher” is filled with glitchy effects set beside mid-tempo beats and bell-like synth passages. Elsewhere, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and trumpeter Tod Simon blend jazz improvisations with strings and ambient synths. Thom Yorke (Radiohead) makes a guest appearance “And the World Laughs With You” – his voice soars past all too quickly! Thundercat lends bass and vocals to “Mmmhmm,” a funky trip hop cut. And Ellison recalls his aunt Alice Coltrane on “Drips/Auntie’s Harp” – with harp courtesy of Rebekah Raff. Cosmogramma evades easy categorization and its seamless polystylistic blending over the course of the entire album is an admirable achievement.
Check out Warp’s Cosmogramma page, featuring non-album tracks here.