The 12-track release is the Los Angeles artist's fifth LP on Dome of Doom, following 2018's Planet Blue. It explores the same type of sonic terrain, a fusion of electronic, jazz, and neo-soul.
It was recorded during November and December of 2018 at Elusive's home studio in Venice, California, and features LA-based musicians Ian Roller (saxophone) and Gabe Steiner (trumpet). Elusive's brother, Josh Koslow, also contributes. Elusive performed all keyboard, synth, bass, and drum parts, sequencing successive live takes over a multitude of layers.
We're told that the album evidences Elusive's growth as an artist and sees him reach new heights musically, having trained in music theory.
"The biggest influence and inspiration on my music has been the process of collaborating with the musicians I’ve been working with lately," Elusive says. "Seeing the focus it takes to get good at an instrument and the excitement to create and make music that people feel and recognize as quality music. Also, I've been doing a lot of reading on music theory and using that to create songs that have melody and a flowing arrangement. I’ve really looked at making music in a different way the past few years. I totally give credit to the musicians I’ve been working with."
Bonsai Tree will release with Dome of Doom on June 14 across cassette and digital formats. Album pre-order is available here, with opener "Juniper" streaming below.
02. LuvBeam featuring Ian Roller
03. New Vision
04. Contrast featuring Gabe Steiner
05. Bonsai Tree Interlude
06. Rose Mary
07. Soul Inspiration
09. Thoughts And Pieces
10. No Fantasy
11. Feel Your Groove
12. Dream Segments