Lotus' next album has been mixed and on the runway since December of 2014, so the electro-rock troupe's members have been excited to get new music to their fans. The new single "Eats the Light" -- which Billboard is premiering exclusively below and will go on sale at digital retail outlets Friday -- is a harbinger of what's to come.
The track's urgent drive and stripped-down arrangement, a nod to Talking Heads' Remain In Light era, is part of a determined effort by the quintet to tap into Lotus' live sonic palette. "We kept stripping down layers to keep a very live arrangement and the mixing was approached in the same way," bassist Jesse Miller tells Billboard. "The main focus was to go towards things that were definitely dancey and really hooky, and as far as the arrangement kind of simplify things and go towards pretty classic song structures but definitely keeping that Lotus groove that kind of goes through all our music, no matter what styles the songs are in."
More simply put, less is more. "Yeah, definitely," Miller confirms. "That's one thing we always talk about but it's easy to get away from, especially when you have five musicians that can do a lot on their own. But we really tried to embrace the more simple choice on each of these tracks."