Floating Points Announces Debut Album
'Elaenia' is scheduled for release on November 6 via Luaka Bop (US)/Pluto (UK).
With today’s announcement he shares a new video ”Silhouettes,” which features music from the eleven-minute album track “Silhouettes (I, II & III)”.
Elaenia is a dazzling score which puts Shepherd in the spotlight as a composer who has produced an album that bridges the gap between his rapturous dance music and formative classical roots.
Growing up in Manchester—he started out as a chorister at an early age— Shepherd eventually arrived in London for university, where he spent the next five years engineering Elaenia, all the while DJing in cities across the globe and working towards his PhD in neuroscience. An album that draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music, Elaenia—named after the bird of the same name—is the epitome of the forward-thinking Floating Points vision in 2015.
Shepherd—the ensemblist, the producer and scientist—even built a harmonograph from scratch to create the artwork for Elaenia, the end result created by using it and two fibre optic cables of 0.5 and 1.5mm diameters, which were connected to light sources responding to bass drum and white noise percussive sounds from the album track For Marmish.
Elaenia will be released on LP, CD and digital download. All pre-orders of Elaenia via the Floating Points store will receive ”Silhouettes (I, II & III)” instantly, and the first 200 orders will receive a print of the album artwork created by the harmonograph built by Sam himself. The album can also be pre-ordered at Rough Trade and iTunes.
Ahead of the album’s November 6 release, the “Silhouettes” video can be streamed below.
02 Silhouettes (I, II & III)
05 Thin Air
06 For Marmish
07 Peroration Six