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Hammerstrike

Lotus Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sci-Fidelity / Mri
  • ASIN: B001F7XIWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released to critical acclaim, and came on the heels of their double live CD release, Escaping Sargasso Sea.

Hammerstrike finds the band reaching back in order to move forward. Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads. The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises. Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track. The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose. It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded. What critics have been saying about Lotus:
"... simultaneously making waves on the jam, indie and electronica scenes thanks to a series of well-crafted albums." - Relix
"Lotus continue to expand upon its post-everything rock/electronic/jazz/free-form pastiche." - Big Shot Magazine
"...intent on creating a new genre (few try that these days)...it is rock, and smart disco, funk and soul, piano pop, world music, and modern alienation stuff and jazz fusion you can dance to all wrapped up in cellophane." -Big Takeover

- Djouls.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lotus Hammerstrikes It Rich April 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
With instrumental music, there is always the risk that the music will not be able to fill and entire album and serve as a complete work. If the instrumental sound is too one sided or flat then an albm can fall woefully short due to the single dimension sound that a band or performer is able to fill into a purely instrumental album. But when a band is able to master a solid instrumental uniqueness that truly forms a niche presence for itself in the music industry then a heightened brilliance to what instrumental albums are capable of shines through.

The band Lotus has a very individualistic sound on their album Hammerstrike. Though there is just a spattering of tracks with some vocal involvement on it, the majority of the album allows the instrumentation to do the talking for the band. There is a very danceable feel to the music of Hammerstrike and the blending of electronica, jazz and a pop-rock sound really pans out nicely for the band. The end product of the mixing of forces for the band is an album that has a distinct sound that is both enjoyable and powerful.

After listening to this album it is easy to see why Lotus draws a rather diverse and large demographic to its live shows since there is a vitality to their music that makes the listener really get into the music of the band. With each track the music becomes more and more impressive and wraps the listener up in an appreciation for the instrumental sounds that the band is capable of. The remarkable thing about this album is that though each track is varied from the next there is a uniform excellence to the overall production of the album that holds true from beginning to end.

Members of Lotus include Steve Clemens, Chuck Morris, Mike Rempel, Luke Miller and Jesse Miller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good lotus material December 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
this is a great listening cd. ive personally have never listened to a studio album of theres, only a 2 disc live album. i would definatly recommend is to any lotus fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lotus / Hammerstrike June 9, 2014
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I bought this as a birthday present for my oldest son. He has always loved Lotus and he specifically requested this album. He has introduced me to a lot of great music and books over the years. Just a kool connection we enjoy.
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