Lotus: Frames Per Second
“In this day and age, when there’s so much information coming at you, we wanted to skip all that and just put out the album all at once,” bassist Jesse Miller said of Lotus’ surprise LP, Frames Per Second . The 19-song release is certainly a shift for the jamtronica quintet, who decided to put parameters on their often expansive sound. They tracked the entire 90-plus minute LP live on ‘70s-era synthesizers and decidedly analog gear, releasing it along with a full-length video recording. According to Miller, the project is essentially “a feature-length film and two albums all at once.” And while many have consumed Frames Per Second in a single, marathon listening session, it’s just as enjoyable in bite-sized pieces. “Gasoline” has the certified funk of a Stevie Wonder backing track, and the vocoder-laced “Aquamarine” sounds like a lost Nile Rodgers/ Daft Punk collaboration; the driving guitar lines of “Stranger Danger” may as well be a soundtrack to 1970s New York, and the late-album “Jiggle” could have easily been spun at Studio 54. Obviously, given the vintage gear and straight-to-tape mentality, every song has a certain old-school feel, but in classic Lotus style, they are also always teetering on that space-age vibe, ready to take off at any second. With Miller on bass, his brother Luke on guitar and keyboards, Mike Rempel on guitar, Mike Greenfield on drums and Chuck Morris on percussion, Lotus has created a treasure-trove of finely tuned grooves on Frames Per Second . Whether you view it as a single LP, a double record, a film or a large batch of truly danceable singles, Lotus hits a home run on this tribute to the golden era of funk.