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Interview:
Lotus continues to bloom with upcoming album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Lotus hasn't yet determined the title or release date for its next album.

But the Philadelphia electro rock troupe is confident its fans will be surprised by what they hear.

The set, which has been done since December of 2014 and will be the quintet's 10th, will be the first to feature vocals on every track after using them sporadically on previous releases. Frequent Lotus collaborator Gabe Otto sings on the recently released track "Eats The Light," while friends such as Mutlu and Steve Yutzy-Burkey will also be featured.

"We just wanted to have an album that felt unified in that way," bassist and co-founder Jesse Miller says by phone from Philadelphia. "We like writing songs for singers, but since it's not a big part of our live show it's never something that we've ever gone all-in on for a full album.

"To me it felt like natural progression from other things we're doing. It's not that much different than bringing somebody in to play a saxophone. You can still hear that Lotus sound; It never feels to me like it's Lotus featuring somebody else."

The album will also be marked by more compact and stripped-down arrangements rather than the dense, lengthy excursions that are Lotus' stock in trade. "We kept stripping down layers to keep a very live arrangement and the mixing was approached in the same way," says Miller, 36. "The main focus was to go towards things that were definitely dancey and really hooky, and as far as the arrangement kind of simplify things and go towards pretty classic song structures but definitely keeping that Lotus groove that kind of goes through all our music, no matter what styles the songs are in.

"That's one thing we always talk about but it's easy to get away from, especially when you have five musicians that can do a lot on their own. But we really tried to embrace the more simple choice on each of these tracks."

Lotus also plans to release its first-ever live DVD, filmed during September of 2014, this year, and Miller says the group has already been working on new material that it plans to record this year as well.

Lotus and Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics

Friday, Feb. 19. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com




Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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