With two critically acclaimed albums behind them in the 2003 self titled debut and 2007’s follow up “Artemisia”, the band took time to work on the material that makes up “The Lotus Effect”.
Musically “The Lotus Effect” is the most diverse effort yet from Sun Caged containing both the heaviest and most mellow things the band has done. Moments of complex poly-rhythm contrast with very groove based melodic parts, and of course brilliant solo sections, and singable choruses all which give the band their own distinctive sound.
Lyrically the album tries to find themes in specific stories and circumstances that can be extracted and turned into universal and relatable feelings and ideas. Politics, relationships, personal reflection, intertwined with modern interpretations of concepts found within ancient eastern philosophies. In short, the lyrics try to find deep meaning in simple everyday truths, without preaching or sounding grandiose or pretentious or telling anyone what to do or think.
“The Lotus Effect” also saw a change of how Sun Caged created music with much of the material being written in the rehearsal room through jamming instead of different members writing almost complete works at home. This along with frequent live performances sees a more complete band sound shine through the new material. That’s not to say the album has been an easy one to produce.