During the past year, Sam Shepherd has been working on the next Floating Points record. “Silurian Blue” finds Sam and his band at the foot of a rock formation, performing an expansive piece of music that captures the sonic landscape around them. Filmed and recorded at Joshua Tree, ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ is the first in a planned series of environmental recordings by Floating Points to be created at different locations around the world. Immediately struck by the distinct sonic tapestry created by the rock formations and valleys, Sam and his close collaborator, film maker Anna Diaz Ortuño, set up a recording operation and filmed this new work at the base of the natural sculptures they encountered. The music of ‘Reflections’ mirrors the landscape: soaring and vast, dynamic and intimate, centered around two longer works and shorter pieces that create an immersive and seamless 27-minute experience (!). It is an album that also is a film, that is an album, that is a film (get it? sorry…), that will be coming out June 30th. If you’d like to dig a little deeper into this story, there is a lovely feature at NPR this week.
You can pre-order ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ here.