Time is nothing in this moment. It is the vastness of the Great Plains as a massive thunderhead rolls across the afternoon and it is the subtle breeze of spring as friends sit on the front porch and discuss the plans for the upcoming night. Time is transparent and forever at this point. Pulsating lights engulf and tangle the dance floor as we feel like we’re floating and gliding over the bobbing heads of the crowd. Time is not our friend or enemy, it is just now and we love it.

To try and describe the sound of Lotus would be like trying to put in words the grace of a swan as it slips across the lake or explain the ritual dances of the lost tribes from our Indian past. Some say funk, others say jam, a few try ambient. But that is not it; no it is beyond and above and at the same time so perfectly in tune. It is sonic lightning grooves and trance-a-delic waves of utter and absolute twisted vibes. Crowds at shows sometimes look zombie-like, not because of disinterest, but because of pure awe at the volcanic thunder riffs and the tranquil winds of flowing fantasia.

Lotus came together in its first part in 1998 in the crisp green summer mountains of Colorado and quickly bonded together a musical potpourri of styles and sounds. Although its members came from Ohio, Colorado and Kansas, the truth of the music and the search for knowledge and community would lead them to Goshen, IN. Nestled in the heart of tradition and diversity, the laid back village known for independent art and thought, would provide them just the canvas to work on the musical picture of their rolling space melodies. First they began to preach their sound locally in Goshen and South Bend, but soon they would hit the road for Madison and Muncie and before long they were everywhere from St. Louis to Harrisonburg and back out to Colorado. Mini-tours from Ann Arbor to Lawrence.

Lotus is not fit for the words of a column or review, to go see them is joy and amazement, perfection and improvisation. Soon they will be rollin’ through your neck of the woods. Take the trip and go see these up and comers.

Brent Kado

[Published on: 4/10/01]

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