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Gnome Beats - Las Formas, en Flujo

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Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist and producer Timo Ceniceros, aka Gnome Beats, returns to Dome of Doom for the release of his sophomore album, Las Formas En Flujo. The title Las Formas En Flujo translates to "The Forms in Flux." Recorded over the last two and a half years in various studios and locations, the album incorporates Gnome Beats' history studying music theory and performing in traditional settings. This includes years learning Flamenco and Latin American music as a teenager and studying West African Poly-Rhythm and North Indian Classical music in college. He distilled this knowledge into an array of modern electronic forms, forming a style all his own across the 37-minute record. Freestyle Fellowship's Myka 9 returns to Las Formas En Flujo after his inclusion on Gnome Beats' debut LP, Gnome Lyfe. Dome of Doom label owner Wylie Cable also collaborated, along with former bandmate in high school, Kokoro Star. The album has been pressed on cassette as a limited edition version of 100 copies.

Gnome Beats began writing Las Formas En Flujo in 2017 when he was hired on full time with a concrete and masonry company. "Las Formas" was initially selected from its reference to the process of forming concrete. With his work crew, they would listen to music from Central America and Mexico every day, planting foundations for various music structures that would find their way onto the album. This inspired the tonal beginning of the songwriting and recording process, and ultimately, the skeleton of the entire LP. "En Flujo" became part of the title later, inspired by major life changes that encompass the birth of his second child and the loss of a family home during a devastating forest fire. The concepts of transformation, modulation, and impermanence are a part of the musical core. Because of this, the overall aesthetic of the album is rooted in his time living in Southern California, and specifically, the Los Padres National Forest, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Mojave Desert.