Lotic – the project of J’Kerian Morgan – unveils the new single, “Always You,” from her new album, Water, out October 29th on Houndstooth. It’s the third single released thus far, including the “chaotically beautiful” (Stereogum) “Emergency” and “Come Unto Me.” Always You” is a slow, deliberate mantra, laid meditatively over an accelerated double-time tempo, professing, over and over, to forever choose the object of its desire. Over melancholy piano, Morgan mystically calls: “I know I’ve tried // to move on, to be strong // but it’s always you // always you.”
The last decade has irrevocably shaped the arc of J’Kerian Morgan’s life. The liberatory impact she has had on experimental club music as Lotic (meaning, “Of, relating to, or living in flowing water”) has in turn folded back into her creative practice, revealing a more finely-realised and intriguing evolution with each subsequent iteration. A decade bookended by chapters in Texas and Berlin, saw Lotic navigate personal hardship and upheaval while garnering acclaim for an expansive production style; unpredictably nestling searing knife’s-edge sound design next to pop music hooks, hypnotic vocal reverie and the lineage of Black club cultures.
The bewitchingly intimate Water is a stunning revelation; a tender meditation on love’s losses and lifeforce, timelines, bloodlines and resilience. Arriving at the end of a period Morgan recalls as, “Having to be adaptable, while being dragged through the trenches,” Water adds the haunting quality of siren song to a career already marked by its engaging emotionality. Water is the complete embodiment of Lotic’s dedicated praxis; to arrive at Water meant to become like water. Lotic dedicated two years to a deep, intentional process of surrendering to softness, welcoming impermanence, and embracing intimate relationships with her environment and self. Yet, to embrace vulnerability is to welcome its totality. Water heals, and it harms. It can sharpen, scald, or silently consume. Water is a conduit for human corruption, yet water remains a site of ritual and absolution, a source of constant renewal.
Lotic Tour Dates:
Sat. Oct. 2 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz (Balance Club/Culture Festival 2021)
Sat. Oct. 9 – Riga, LV @ Hanzas Perons (Skaņu Mežs 2021)
Sat. Oct. 23 – Nuremberg, DE @ Z-Bau (It Isn’t Happening)
Thu. Oct. 28 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz