Review: lotusbliss ‘Deafening and Silent’

Brothers Josh, Seth and Adam Gauton – aka lotusbliss – return with the release of their impressive mini-LP ‘Deafening and Silent’, out now.

Powerful, polished and punchy – the best way to describe this impressive release from the family trio. Opening with focus track and single ‘Heaven To Me’, the listener is immediately transported into a world of sonic wonder. Known for their way to combine indie-rock sensibilities with synth-infused soundscapes, this opening track is no exception.

Next up is another previous single ‘Tear Me Apart’, which follows effortlessly in the same vein. Lead singer Josh Gauton’s formidable vocal is at the forefront throughout. Talking about the single, Josh says, ” the making of this song has been a labour of love over many years. It wasn’t until last year, when we had another go at re- writing it, that the song really came to life. The process of creating it really matches the lyrical journey; it’s a song about refusing to allow the darkest moments, the hurtful words or the hurdles you face to be what breaks you – ‘I won’t let this be what tears me apart’. These things can instead be the making of you. It has been a struggle and a wrestle to finish this song, but we’re so glad we didn’t let the difficulties throw us off”.

Slowing the pace slightly, next up is ‘Fiction’ and then ‘Thin Lines. Synth-soaked ballads, showcasing the trio’s softer side and impressive musicianship. You can tell these guys are built for stadiums, and we hope to see them there one day.

We also have a personal favourite ‘Halo’. Instantly captivating with those infectious guitar chords, this is one to get up, stomp about and sing along to like no one is listening. Talking about the single, the band explain, “many of our songs are plagued with insecurities and doubts, despite a desire to hope for the better. We all want to be good for the ones we love – to support, to encourage, to celebrate, to pick up when things feel tough, but there’s a background worry in our head of ‘what if I can’t be enough?’ What if I’m not the saint and saviour you see me as, what if my halo is fragile and easily broken? These thoughts war with each other in the song”.

Inviting more people into the process including AnterosJoshua Rumble and mixer Caesar Edmunds (Foals, Queens of the Stone Age, Wet Leg, Beach House), this project elevates lotusbliss to a new level, designed to be long-lasting as a true milestone in their progress to being one of indie-rocks biggest ones to watch. With careful planning and eyes for creative detail, lotusbliss are a considered band, prioritising retrospection over immediacy.

lotusbliss is made up of brothers Josh, Seth and Adam Gauton, who ditched sibling-rivalries to come together under one musical moniker, developing a sonic identity that fuses their small-town Canterbury roots with an ambitious cinematic soundscape. They’ve already grabbed the attention of BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing’s Abbie McCarthy who has made them her ‘Record of The Week’ twice now. lotusbliss have also received praise from the likes of Wonderland, Under The Radar, Atwood Magazine and EUPHORIA to name a few.

Catch lotusbliss live at the following dates for their UK Autumn tour:

Oct 10 – Bournemouth – 60 Million Postcards

Oct 11 – Manchester – Beyond the Music

Oct 12 – Cambridge – Portland Arms

Oct 15 – Birmingham – The Victoria

Oct 16 – London – The Old Blue Last

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