Producer and DJ Sam Shepherd, co-founder of the adventurously left-leaning electronic label Eglo Records, has consistently dropped EPs, 12″s and singles as Floating Points throughout the last six years–but he’s never hinted at an album. Not until now. His debut full-length, Elaenia, is due out November 7 and will see a UK release via a new label called Pluto, also launched by Shepherd, as well as a US release from Luaka Bop. The album’s announcement this morning was accompanied by a music video for “Silhouettes,” comprised of music from the eleven-minute “Silhouettes (I, II & III),” which will be featured on the forthcoming album.
The four-minute track paired to the visual, directed by Pablo Barquín and Junior Martinez, is a definitive departure from the rhythmically propulsive, dance-driven tracks that characterize most of the producers catalogue. Instead, this cut sounds like some of the obscure soul and jazz records he regularly spins during vinyl DJ sets. The smooth, serene, analogue-focused sound also seems to be an extension of the classically trained musician’s output with the Floating Points Ensemble, a sixteen-piece string outfit that produced one incredibly phenomenal 12″ in 2010. Pre-order the Elaenia LP here and instantly receive the full “Silhouettes (I, II & III)” track.
UPDATE: Stream the full “Silhouettes (I, II & III)” track via Spotify below.
Stream Floating Points Ensemble‘s “Post Suite,” featuring Fatima on vocals, below.