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Headphones, though, wow. This sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. Not like a live album, not like a studio record. It's pretty slight in many ways (and he really is just doing instrumental prog now), but I also wouldn't want it to be any longer.

I'm having difficulty reconciling the two halves of this paragraph and tbh your description doesn't riveting tbh, he doesn't need to go any further in that direction.

I had this all queued up for my Friday morning commute but that's prime listening real estate so I'll give it a go on Sunday morning instead.

Matt DC, Friday, 30 June 2017 08:11 (three years ago) link

new album is the best thing he has done IMO. less brainy but all the better for it. one of my favourite things ive heard this year. lots of daft punk style synth work (i dont know the exact synth but they used it a lot on RAM), and some gorgeous guitar. not seen the film but its very replayable. also perfect for summer.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:56 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

OK this meddle/dark side shit on "reflections" is AWESOME. what a champion.

brimstead, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:09 (two years ago) link

New track out today, download and (weird) 12". Ratio. 19 minutes. Which is why it's weird on vinyl, cos it's split somehow? Anyway, it's long, it's proggy, but it's NOT krauty / jazzy like the Reflections or Kuiper; it's much more house-y again, like a fusion of the early singles with Elaenia. Very nice indeed off a couple of listens. He's very tasteful, isn't he?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:31 (two years ago) link

And why not? Said song:

https://soundcloud.com/floatingpoints/ratio-full-mix

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 October 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

Might be the best thing he’s done.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:03 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

His new Late Night Tales is good fun. Very much in the, well, 'late night' section of late night in that it's practically beatless.

Tracklist: https://latenighttales.co.uk/products/floating-points

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 1 April 2019 22:03 (one year ago) link

that looks great. plus Lauren Laverne reading Emily Bronte!

brimstead, Monday, 1 April 2019 22:27 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Quite a lot of it is so ambient that you could do that without realising for a long time.

this is my issue with it really. floating points' last few singles haven't been dancefloor-oriented either but there was just so much going on in them, 11-minute tracks that really made full use of the running time. this is def a lot more subdued, maybe more subtle but also less engaging

― lex pretend, Sunday, November 1, 2015 1:36 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wonder if lex is pleased with this new one!

Evan, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 21:10 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

New album 'Crush' arrives mid-October.

Crush:

01 Falaise
02 Last Bloom
03 Anasickmodular
04 Requiem for CS70 and Strings
05 Karakul
06 LesAlpx
07 Bias
08 Environments
09 Birth
10 Sea-Watch
11 Apoptose Pt1
12 Apoptose Pt2

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 6 September 2019 09:21 (eleven months ago) link

I loved Ratio and LesAlpx so I am psyched for this. Not a band release, just him making more dancefloor stuff, I understand.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 6 September 2019 09:21 (eleven months ago) link

The new stuff I've heard seems pretty next-level to me.

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Sunday, 8 September 2019 17:21 (eleven months ago) link

I was hoping he would go further into rhodesy space-fusion territory after Elaenia--like something with Mwandishi-esque sidelong jams--but the new tracks are pretty cool. Getting strong Aphex vibes from Last Bloom.

J. Sam, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:17 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

This new album is quite good.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:50 (nine months ago) link

yeah on a couple spins it's one of my favorites of the year so far. The singles are nestled perfectly about the album, surrounded by some really incredible orchestral and synth driven songs that step through many different transitions and progressions over some relatively brief track times!

octobeard, Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:42 (nine months ago) link

His new Late Night Tales is good fun. Very much in the, well, 'late night' section of late night in that it's practically beatless.

Tracklist: https://latenighttales.co.uk/products/floating-points🕸

Haven't heard the new album yet, but have been playing his LNT a lot, such a beautiful selection

willem, Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:59 (nine months ago) link

quite like this but a lot of it sounds like a worse, less ambitious drukqs

ogmor, Sunday, 20 October 2019 13:29 (nine months ago) link

I really love the Late Night Tales but this new album is rubbish. Dance music that's never broken a sweat. You can reaĺly feel how it stretches towards big emotive feelings and comes up so short, corny but without any sense of glee or euphoria

boxedjoy, Monday, 21 October 2019 07:39 (nine months ago) link

File beside Jamie XX and Bicep as dance music that wishes it was mid-noughties Kompakt but comes nowhere close

boxedjoy, Monday, 21 October 2019 07:41 (nine months ago) link

I'm not sure he's aiming to make people dance with most of this.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:51 (nine months ago) link

The album as a whole isn't as strong as the pre-release tracks and moving towards shorter tracks doesn't seem to have necessarily benefited his sound any, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with being detached and cerebral. Not all electronic music needs to be body music.

Spironolactone T. Agnew (rushomancy), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:27 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, I'm enjoying this - I think the singles sound much better in the context of the rest of the album

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:32 (nine months ago) link

Eleania wasnt really trying to make people dance either but it was good and not gloopy. I think that's why I found this such a disappointment - he's been involved in so many better things than this before

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 11:45 (nine months ago) link

See I found Elaenia a little underwhelming overall - after the singles and Peroration Six I felt that the mid-section loss of momentum as he explored pseudo-ambience was just way too close to torpor and emptiness. I much preferred Kuiper and Ratio. So far - and I've only listened properly a couple of times so it's early days - I feel like this has got a bit more dynamism and urgency to it. He's still not delivered exactly what I want him to, though, I don't think. Which would probably just be 45 minutes of Ratio and Peroration Six.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:45 (nine months ago) link

I have no point of comparison as I've yet to check out his previous material but this flows quite nicely despite its disparate gestures (there's even a Bach-esque adagio in there). I'm very curious to hear what he'll come up with next.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:05 (nine months ago) link

'Sea-Watch' vaguely brings to mind Vangelis's L'Apocalypse des animaux.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:20 (nine months ago) link

Coincidentally, in the context of the album LesAlpx has been making me think of Blade Runner, which I'd never thought before despite listening to the shit out of the extended version.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 10:13 (nine months ago) link

This album smokes Elaenia. That record never resonated with me and I couldn't even remember most of how it sounded. This one sounds iconic from start to finish. The songs fit together really well despite sounding so different. The equipment listing in the liner notes suggest a focused and minimal equipment setup (outside of vocals and acoustic instrument recordings) used consistently across most of the tracks. Love the creative and subtle use of compression all over the record too. Lots of nice attention to detail.

If I have any critique it's in the abruptness of how both Bias and the album itself end.

octobeard, Thursday, 24 October 2019 05:10 (nine months ago) link

Yes, I also found the closer needlessly jarring, like he'd just thrown his arms up and decided it was time to move on, much to the listener's dismay.

pomenitul, Thursday, 24 October 2019 10:22 (nine months ago) link

The trope of making intentionally messy decisions for the sake of winning avant-garde points is kind of annoying among all artists? But it's impossible to argue whether it works or not in any given case, really.

Evan, Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:33 (nine months ago) link

I like this, not sure how much I'll go back to it, but moreso I'm jealous/impressed by the fluidity of his setup (and musicianship)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75iX1rnW9WQ

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 October 2019 17:43 (nine months ago) link

Actually this is growing on me as an ambient-ish album, LesAlpx is really the outlier

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:38 (nine months ago) link

It's quite lovely!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:39 (nine months ago) link

I put this on recently driving around at night and found that it just kind of merged with my thoughts to the point that I was enjoying it and not really conscious of it being on at the same time.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:42 (nine months ago) link

I've only skimmed this, but it strikes me that a few of the songs would fit on a playlist with Rival Consoles and other Erased Tapes stuff in a similar vein.

beard papa, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 19:08 (nine months ago) link

Yes very much.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 20:44 (nine months ago) link

I think the fusion guy it actually reminds me of most is jan hammer

― on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, December 11, 2015 11:20 PM (three years ago)

i've never heard this guy before but i def get the same vibe as that one J.H.G. track andy kellman used to great effect on more than one of his doubt beat mixes

j., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 03:31 (nine months ago) link

jan hammer is a good point of comparison i think! i was toying with tangerine dream.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 06:01 (nine months ago) link

the abruptness

a handful of tracks i'd say - seems to be a thing

j., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:06 (nine months ago) link

ok this guy is the shit

j., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:10 (nine months ago) link

This grows on me with each listen. There's an unstructured audio collage feel to it that I like. Works well as a whole album. I was also thinking about it the other day and wondering how Vacuum Boogie didn't show up on the 2000-2010 singles poll. Still probably my favorite Floating Points song.

beard papa, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:09 (nine months ago) link

i think it's dumb how so many reviews cite his neuroscience degree/job when the obvious fact of note is that he studied music, he's got an amazing tact for mixing modes

j., Wednesday, 6 November 2019 03:05 (nine months ago) link

On paper, this music touches on many things I love dearly--RJD, Kompakt, ECM, electric Miles, Krautrock--and yet the cumulative effect invariably has me shrugging, and I can't say why. It always sounds great when it's playing but I almost never want to return to any of it. I plan to keep trying though because it really does feel like something that will click at some point. It may just require the right weather / occasion / drugs and / or mood

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:28 (nine months ago) link

i'm impressed without being particularly moved by it.

Wee Bloabby (NickB), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:44 (nine months ago) link

next time through i'm gonna try and imagine i'm listening to an ecm record

j., Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:57 (nine months ago) link

enjoyable but not exciting seems about right but it needs a few more spins

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:03 (nine months ago) link


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