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Lotus/Moon Hooch 

When: Thu., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $18 ADV, $20 DOS
While electronic music is currently all the rage, there was a time when it was a fairly underground phenomenon. If you wanted to check out ambient music, you had to seek it out at small record stores or go to raves. “When I first heard electronic music, it was way more poppy or way too heavy,” says Lotus bassist Jesse Miller, who started the electronic/jam band in 1999 with his brother Luke. “I never got into it, but then we got exposed to bands that were more ambient, especially the Orb and Underworld and these tracks that created a vibe and were really trancey and that became appealing to us, even though we weren’t producing electronic music.” The band gradually incorporated samplers and synths into the mix and started to attract a following by steadily playing the festival circuit. Due out next month, its latest endeavor, Build, shows just how much the band has evolved. The opening track, “Break Build Burn,” for example, is a heady number that mixes and matches tape loops with funk riffs and jazzy fills. “We spent the last two years going in and out of the studio and writing and recording different stuff. This was going to be a very specific batch of songs,” says Miller. “In the past, we’ve gone for a more eclectic approach. This is really concise. There’s one energy that goes through the entire album. I think it’s something people will want to listen to straight through. It’s really tight and we tried to cut out any type of fat.” (Jeff Niesel)


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