As they prepare for the release of their new studio album Free Swim, out August 21st, long-running instrumental-electronic quintet Lotus has released a second track off the forthcoming collection, “Bjorn Gets A Haircut.” The cosmic disco tune is available now exclusively on YouTube – CLICK HERE to watch/listen. The in-studio, animated video for “Bjorn Gets A Haircut” was filmed at Spice House Sound in their hometown of Philadelphia, where the entire album was recorded earlier this year. Check out the first look with Glide Magazine, who described the new song as “a grab-bag of instrumental groove gumbo.” Free Swim will be available digitally and on vinyl and is available now for pre-order at www.lotusvibes.com; each pre-order includes an instant download of lead single “Catacombs.”
“‘Bjorn Gets a Haircut’ is a head-bopping cosmic disco tune,” explains Luke Miller (keyboards, guitar). “It takes cues from the Nordic disco playbooks of producers like Todd Terje and Lindstrom. The main hook is a Mellotron vocal ‘Oh’ patch leading into a chorus of slick chromatic chord changes on the piano. The guitar takes over in the middle for an improvisatory freeride.”
“Video was shot while we tracked live at Spice House Sound,” adds Jesse Miller (bass, modular synth). “The animation was created using the same live-reactive system I have been building for Lotus’s live show. I used triggers from the drums and other music elements while tweaking parameters live on a MIDI controller and all of these data interact with randomized and evolving calculations in the custom video generation program.”
In celebration of the release of Free Swim, Lotus will return to the live stage on Friday, September 4th for one night only as part of the Live-In/Drive-In concert series, presented by Live Nation Philadelphia and Budweiser Zero in partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies, in the parking lot adjacent to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. For tickets and more info, visit: http://phillies.com/drivein.
“It has without a doubt been a trying time for everyone,” shares Jesse. “As a band who has built our sound, following and career around live performances, it has been tough to cancel show after show. With all that in mind, we are embracing the chance to play this unique drive-in show. While it might be different than packing onto a dance floor, we hope we can take this opportunity to capture the magic and energy that is improvised music played live.”