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Don’t ask what they are; just listen

Autumn Phillips

Recorded in a living room with a 16-track recorder, Flowmotion’s latest CD called “knowbynow” wanders from one musical genre to another like a penniless window shopper.

In a song such as “Got’s Mine,” Flowmotion lead singer Josh Clauson starts out sounding like Bob Marley; by the end of the song his Jamaican accent has faded, and you’re listening to a voice more akin to George Clinton.

“It wasn’t conscious,” Clauson said. “That’s just the way the song manifested the sounds out of the band.”

In the next track, “I Tried To,” written by bass player Jesse Kansanback, there is the sudden appearance of a folk song’s harmonica, played by the band’s keyboard player, Don Goodwin.

“People are always asking us what style of music we play, but that’s not the point,” Clauson said. “We’re just trying to make music.”

Call it what you will, the Seattle band’s music rolls around, writhing one minute like the hard rock band pulled along by the guitar until the keyboards take control and the sound smoothes out toward jazz.

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The ball is passed for 12 tracks between the jazz keyboards, the rock guitarist, the Rastafari vocals and the African influenced percussionist.

“We all have different styles that we call upon,” Clauson said. “I’m coming from more of a rock mindframe because I had older siblings.

“The percussionist did some studying in Brussels with Mamady Keita, who’s basically the Elvis Presley of djembe. We’d already been playing it, but it kind of confirmed the things we had been playing.”

The something-for-everyone sound of Flowmotion is unified by a message best communicated in the song “Drop in the flow.” “Drops in the flow … floating down stream / out to the ocean … and we will be led / right back to the circle of this / web that we thread.”

“That’s something we all live for,” Clauson said. “We believe that everyone is equal, which is something America has a hard time to fathom. The tables are so turned.” The song was inspired by the band’s name, Flowmotion.

“We wrote that song four years ago, but it still applies,” he said. “That’s kind of our goal — to write things that are timeless.

What: Flowmotion When: 10 p.m., tonight and Saturday Where: Tugboat Grill & Pub, 1860 Ski Time Square Drive Cover: $5