Boomkat Product Review:
Lotic reimagines four tracks from "Water" with spare acoustic instrumentation arranged by Zeitkratzer's Hilary Jeffery. Stark and original material that puts an unsettling spin on Lotic's originals.
Way more interesting than yer average remix EP, "Sparkling Water" takes a great concept and uses it to breathe new life into a handful of Lotic's 2021 album's best tracks. Each one features instrumental performances from Orlando de Boeykens (tuba), Baron Arnold (trombone) and Kelly O’Donohue (trumpet/trombone), who meet J'Kerian Morgan's acrobatic vocals with a Michael Nyman-esque theatrical gusto.
The tracks were apparently left intentionally sparse to contrast with the high production values of "Water", and it's a solid move. We get to view Morgan's songs through a completely different lens, and while the instrumentation is subtle, we're never lacking more. The dynamism of the horn parts on 'Emergency' is impressive, never mimicking Morgan's vocal parts but backing up their emotionality and eccentricity. Recommended.