I have always preferred Flying Lotus’ quieter tracks to his zany upbeat ones. These songs seem to flow on a higher plane while keeping your mind in a zen state. “Only If You Wanna” is one of my favorite tracks from Until the Quiet Comes. It’s a jazzy song with ethereal vocals popping in and out.
Music videos over the years have become a form to be reckoned with. Some are mini-movies while others are complete works of art and 2014 has been a year of both these categories. From living in a dream to dancing for self-love here are the top 10 music videos of 2014.
10. Childish Gambino: Sweatpants
9. Kele: Doubt
8. FKA twigs: Two Weeks
7. A Place to Bury Strangers: Straight
6. Beyonce: 7/11
5. Real Estate: Crime
4. Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave (Oakland by Lloyd)
3. Sam Smith: Money on My Mind
2. Flying Lotus: Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
1. Kendrick Lamar: “i”
There have been many interesting album artwork released this year. Bands and musicians have gone beyond the norm into very creative and visually stunning album covers. From a grotesque body deconstruction to an outstretched hand with a soul hovering above it, here are the top 10 album covers of 2014.
10. Spoon: They Want My Soul
9. Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else
8. The Twilight Sad: Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
7. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Dust
6. Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose
5. FKA Twigs: LP1
4. Maybeshewill: Fair Youth
3. Interpol: El Pintor
2. Giant Squid: Minoans
1. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!
Flying Lotus first came to my attention last year when friends of mine kept telling me just how amazing his music is. I finally had a chance to check it out and I am really impressed by what he has done. His last album “Unit the Quiet Comes” is a diverse album which is hard to categorize. There is jazz, hip hop, and electronica influences throughout.
One of the best songs on the album is “Tiny Tortures”. It is a downbeat track that gradually descends. The music video features Elijah Wood as a man with one arm whose environment recreates his lost arm. Check it out.