Lotus releases its latest studio album, Build, today on SCI Fidelity Records. Built on a foundation of beats evoking vinyl breaks, house, and big-beat, the album is a funky dance party from start to finish. The unmistakable sound of a tight live band is at the heart of the album. Lotus has spent years rocking live crowds and that energy is distilled to a strong studio concentrate of body-moving beats and muscular melodies.
Get your copy of Build now on CD, Vinyl or digitally at the Lotus online store, your local record store, or at an upcoming Lotus show near you. You can alsofind Build on iTunes, Amazon.com and digital retailers everywhere!
Keller Williams is pleased to announce he has once again partnered with the Rex Foundation and taken to his piano to create KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the REX Foundation.
Playing ten not-so-traditional covers of Grateful Dead classics such as “Touch of Grey,” and “Wharf Rat,” listeners will be exposed to Williams’ piano man side. Much like Williams’ previous Dead-themed release, Grateful Grass, purchasers will have the opportunity to revisit some of the Dead’s material in a unique way. KEYS will be available for digital purchase exclusively on iTunes beginning February 12, 2013 and 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Rex Foundation.
GO HERE to purchase KEYS on iTunes now, and enjoy a preview of “Terrapin Station” via the SoundCloud player below!
Read below for Williams’ thoughts on this special project. Whether you’re a Keller fan, a Dead fan or both…this album has something for everyone.
“It’s no secret I have an unhealthy fascination with the Grateful Dead. Whenever I sit down at the piano it seems the only thing that comes out are Jerry ballads. Even though these songs are not all Jerry ballads, I have sort of made them that way. The lyrics, although I’ve been singing them most of my adult life, are not 100% perfect. Like any other music I play, I’ve taken liberties. All of the proceeds from the sale of these songs goes to support the Rex Foundation, which was started by the Grateful Dead, in the 80′s, so you can feel good about that!
Built on a foundation of beats evoking vinyl breaks, house and big-beat, the latest album from Lotus is a funky dance party from start to finish. The ten tracks on Build (February 19, 2013 on SCI Fidelity Records) showcase live drums, guitar, organ, and horns that come drenched in classic analog luxuriance, with electronic elements peppered throughout. This is the sound of a band that has spent years rocking live crowds distilled to a strong studio concentrate of body-moving beats and muscular melodies.
“This album was recorded live to analog tape in studios in Philadelphia and St. Louis. We used live drums, guitar, bass, Hammond organ, upright piano, analog synths, live percussion, and live horns from the group Rubblebucket, then peppered in electronic elements. The project was mixed through an analog process to give it a deep richness. These songs were written over the course of the past 2 years and road-tested across the country.
I think this our tightest and best sounding album yet. The songs have a largeness that match Lotus move from clubs into premier venues around the country.” – Luke Miller
To celebrate, the band has posted the first single from the album, “Massif” for free stream via SoundCloud … enjoy and share!:
Just in time for the holidays, we’re proud to bring you the 2012 SCI Fidelity Records Sampler, featuring 11 new tracks – over 50 minutes of FREE music – from the String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, Lotus, The Infamous Stringdusters, Conspirator, Honkytonk Homeslice and Kyle Hollingsworth!
You can stream and share the sampler online via the SoundCloud player below, and if you like what you hear, click on the BUY button next to each track to purchase the album it came from!
Or, visit the SCI Fidelity ONLINE STORE to download the entire 20112 sampler for FREE! (Clicking the BUY ALL button in the Soundcloud player will also bring you here, to “buy” the full sampler for $0.00)
You can also look for limited-edition hard copy CDs of the sampler, to be distributed at select upcoming shows by the artists featured within.
Thanks for supporting independent music, and Happy Holidays from all of us at SCI Fidelity Records!