8 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Londoner Sam Shepherd’s first full-length as Floating Points, Elaenia, is a sparkling, unclassifiable blend of techno traditions, jazz abstractions, post-rock, and other cosmic persuasions. With its vintage synthesizers, live drums, orchestral passages, and winding, improvisatory song structures, the album feels less like an outgrowth of contemporary dance music than the work of someone like Herbie Hancock, whose retro-futurisitc explorations broke ground in part by defying categorization. It’s all anchored by the gorgeous, 11-minute “Silhouettes (I, II and III),” which imagines '70s Miles Davis had he steered toward the light instead of dark.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Londoner Sam Shepherd’s first full-length as Floating Points, Elaenia, is a sparkling, unclassifiable blend of techno traditions, jazz abstractions, post-rock, and other cosmic persuasions. With its vintage synthesizers, live drums, orchestral passages, and winding, improvisatory song structures, the album feels less like an outgrowth of contemporary dance music than the work of someone like Herbie Hancock, whose retro-futurisitc explorations broke ground in part by defying categorization. It’s all anchored by the gorgeous, 11-minute “Silhouettes (I, II and III),” which imagines '70s Miles Davis had he steered toward the light instead of dark.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

J43Drums ,

Finally!

Thank You for filling a need in the electronic/jazz/exploration space. I've been waiting for an album such as this. Yes, I use "Album" for effect because I could picture finding this gem in the basement of a used record store-picking it out amongst the rows of bins; scraping my last dollars together, the guy behind the counter gives me one of those elitist smiles as if he and I understand each other. This is one to put on,sit, stare at nothing and disappear into. A genuine find.

Gedy4 ,

Very Well Done

I thought I'd check out this album while working out, frankly expecting it to be pretty monotonous electronic beats. I was pleasantly surprised with the well crafted symphonic structure of these songs. They are filled with nuance. The long crescendo of Argente felt as though I was watching Tron or an astronaut in a futuristic space odyssey. Crisp sound effects are masterfully layered over pleasant background melodies, particularly in Thin Air, for example. Well done work and I hope to hear more soon!

Mile High Leading Edge ,

Finally a masterpiece in 2015

Music has been horrible this year, no defining sounds (that I can get behind, anyway) and no compositional masterpieces. Not until now, anyway. Thank you Sam for delivering. This is like an improvement on Nightmares On Wax with some Kid A and Mercury Program (look them up) acid jazz influence. Sophisticated and spectral, never formulaic.

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