Daily Distraction: Listen to Jacoti Sommes go galactic

Andy Downing
adowning@columbusalive.com

Musician Jacoti Sommes has long had a fascination with the stars, which he traced back to a family drive that he detailed in an Alive interview earlier this year.

“It was pitch-black, and me, my brother and my sister were afraid to get out of the car. It felt like we were on the edge of the planet, which was why we were so scared, like if we got out of the car we’d all of a sudden be floating in space,” said Sommes, who was 14 at the time. “That was the first time I saw all of the stars at once, even the Milky Way. And once your eyes adjusted to the dark, you realized the stars were creating light, shining on the car, shining everywhere. I haven’t seen anything like that since, and I’ve tried.”

Sommes' music frequently skirts up to this same planetary edge, his spacious, electro-funk compositions remaining somehow tethered to this planet even as they push toward these unexplored realms. This is particularly true during Sommes' unpredictable live sets, including a recent livestream that you can (and should) watch below via the Fuse Factory.