The Cartographer’s Lotus’s central theme is exploration in the most fundamental sense of the word. Taking thorough inspiration from a wide amalgam of sources such as science fiction, Islamic mysticism, and biodiversity, this album takes the listener on journeys far outside the boundaries of imagination both within and beyond the mind. Each track uses elements of human curiosity, ecstatic adventure, and formative introspection to create new landscapes, timelines, identities, and worlds. Although the tracks are unique from one another, they share a common sense of outer-ness and the humility and new insight which is concomitant with being a stranger in a strange land.
Sro once again takes us by the hand to lead us on another psychedelic ride into the ether. This time around, the destination, “ill Recollection”, is a gentle, dreamy headspace at the bottom of the ocean, where Rhodes glide between your ears and percussion smoothly fades in and out of your consciousness.
Coming in with a whopping twenty-one tracks, Jakata’s album “The Drive In” has a curiously eclectic soundscape, transporting the listener into various realities through it’s duration. Although the tracks are anchored down by classic hip-hop beats, it’s “The Drive In”’s other qualities that set it apart from the rest.