Recorded during an intense, deliberately restricted five-week window rather than the years it took to make his 2015 debut Elaenia, Sam Shepherd has announced his second Floating Points album Crush. Inspired by his massive 2017 shows supporting The xx, this record is much more immediate than previous work, as demonstrated by lead single ‘LesAlpx’ released earlier this year.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.38 ZEN259Y
Indies only 140g black vinyl housed in a glossy sleeve with exclusive cover art, artwork printed inside and out, 4-page A4 booklet featuring a score of album track ‘Birth’.
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Vinyl LP £18.38 ZEN259
140g black vinyl housed in a glossy sleeve with artwork printed inside and out, 4-page A4 booklet featuring a score of album track ‘Birth’.
- Includes download code
CD £10.49 ZENCD259
CD on Ninja Tune.
Floating Points' new album 'Crush' is steeped in sonic detritus. Tiny fragments of sound, be it horn section, white noise glitch, or digital feedback, seem to cake the foundations of this album. If you were played 'Crush' on a phone (hint hint, buy our sexy vinyl) or heard it without committing your full attention to it then it would be easy to pass this off as merely a run-of-the-mill IDM album; perhaps the kind of album that's played in wretched London cafes. But I beg of you, please listen deeper and immerse yourself in this kaleidoscopic world.
Regular readers of my column will know that I eschew cultural materialism. I'm not a fan of using the background of an album to inform any analysis I make of the music (what can I say, I'm a Barthes boy!). However, when I read that this album took five weeks to write and record I thought it was amazing considering the intricacy and complexity of 'Crush'. Perhaps this is the sound of Flo Po is plundering his sonic 'lost and found' box. Perhaps the reason this album took so little time to make is because all the tracks are the incomplete ancestors of previous published work, mutants that have been refined slightly and glued together by the comforting inclusiveness of a drum and bass loop.
There are all these tiny elements that colour the album and make it a far more challenging listen. 'Environments' contains the occasional bassy squall that sounds like a trombone retching. 'Anasickmodular' is a kind of glitchy jungle freak-out which ends on this beautiful loop of feedback like the needle has got stuck. It's these little tangible, human moments that make this album.
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