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nuits sonores is very good & brad otm

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:46 (four years ago) link

The collab album with Mahmoud Guinia is excellent

welltris (crüt), Saturday, 7 November 2015 01:58 (four years ago) link

Not heard anything else yet but looking forward to - at the moment the instant-gratification part of my brane is telling me I'd like more tracks like Peroration Six, or for the ambient-y ones in the midsection to have a house beat dropped over them, and hopefully the earlier singles will satiate this desire. (I have a strong hunch that in the fullness of time I'll be glad of the juxtaposition of the ambient-y, Tangerine-Dream stuff with the jazziness.)

Main other thoughts at the moment = he plays with dynamics really nicely; there's a really beautiful swell of sound in the opening track, and this seems triangulated to hit all my sweet-spots at once; Tom Skinner drums on it, he's mates with Four Tet etc, and he keeps talking about Laughing Stock. What's not to like?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 7 November 2015 08:47 (four years ago) link

i haven't heard this but then i realised i had left soundcloud playing so i was listening to a dj mix simultaneously happens to me all the time. i get frequent "wow! this producer is really pushing the boundaries of dance music" moments only to realise, no, it's just yet another dull as ditchwater tech house track. i will check out the new floating points album simultaneously playing along the next time i'm wading through dance promos for a potentially more interesting experience.

hahaha - two wildly different tracks playing at once, it's the undiscovered country!

gonna give this record a proper listen today - i have some cleaning to do. #life

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 7 November 2015 10:39 (four years ago) link

This album is absolutely incredible on headphones, there's so much detail lurking in there even among the minimal arpeggiated Snooze For Love one.

What this reminds me of more than anything is a Hatchback album, that sense of something beautiful unfolding very slowly and just luxuriating in it throughout. I like it a lot more than his more dancefloor oriented singles because his slightly wonky approach to rhythm works much better in this context.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:28 (four years ago) link

Also "mates with Four Tet" is completely meaningless at this point because he is mates with pretty much everyone including Terror Danjah and Skrillex.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:31 (four years ago) link

Like I think initially approaching this as Balearic is probably the single best way to listen to it, as far as managing expectations goes.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:35 (four years ago) link

Think I must be alone in liking his earlier, housier stuff! I much prefer the Shadows e.p. to this new one (although the last track *is* incredible)

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 7 November 2015 12:35 (four years ago) link

album really reminds me of this (song and album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwmT8b39aQY

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 7 November 2015 13:15 (four years ago) link

hell yeah

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 15:53 (four years ago) link

it's making me think of this a lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFM3WFt0LVQ

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:15 (four years ago) link

hell yeah x2

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:46 (four years ago) link

hmm i was not going to check this out but if it sounds like "north beach" ... wonder if kirk degiorgio is into it ...

the late great, Sunday, 8 November 2015 06:53 (four years ago) link

i do like this album but it's still not blowing me away in comparison to "nuits sonores", "wires" etc

lex pretend, Sunday, 8 November 2015 11:08 (four years ago) link

"Silhouettes" is the big keeper here; the rest makes a very good Sunday morning soundtrack, and sometimes that's all I need.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 8 November 2015 12:20 (four years ago) link

Listened to King Bromeliad/Montparnasse and Nuits Sonores this morning. Very nice indeed.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 9 November 2015 13:08 (four years ago) link

only heard bits of this but just made me think of old 4hero

StillAdvance, Monday, 9 November 2015 22:01 (four years ago) link

"Nuits Sonores" is gorgeous and lush. Very happy to have finally heard this guy. The album's obviously very different to the singles, but I'm very glad that both aspects of what he's doing exist.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:19 (four years ago) link

I'd like to like this album but it's pretty dull really.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:31 (four years ago) link

ARP3 is his real classic.

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:16 (four years ago) link

only heard bits of this but just made me think of old 4hero

still haven't heard this but maybe i need to!!!

he's doing the essential mix this weekend

the late great, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:04 (four years ago) link

tlg plz listen to it

gr8080, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:56 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

really digging elaenia -- parts of it definitely drop out of my consciousness/fade into the background if I'm not paying deliberate attention, but not in a bad way. Love the way so much of the album just gradually and smoothly evolves along.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 12 December 2015 05:18 (three years 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), Saturday, 12 December 2015 05:20 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU7b1l6zGKY

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 12 December 2015 05:21 (three years ago) link

so this is the shit, huh?

the late great, Saturday, 12 December 2015 06:20 (three years ago) link

definitive soundtrack to my long late evening dog walks for the last 4 weeks.

gr8080, Saturday, 12 December 2015 07:31 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Holy shit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWukZiutO6Q

Evan, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:40 (three years ago) link

This is so incredible

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link

just discovering this stuff -- elaenia is pretty amazing!

tylerw, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:00 (three years ago) link

that's a very impressive live performance too!

niels, Saturday, 6 February 2016 14:20 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

new EP Kuiper
https://soundcloud.com/floatingpoints/kuiper

starts out like it might be a variation on the last album's sound, but this one is more krautrock/post-rock. (Or radiohead rock.)

Dominique, Thursday, 19 May 2016 01:53 (three years ago) link

FUCKING LUSH

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:11 (three years ago) link

This is exactly what I was hoping there'd be more of on the album last year, after Peroration 6 was the first thing I heard. Super pleased.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:28 (three years ago) link

Last five minutes goes a bit Dave Gilmour but I can totally forgive that for the 13 minutes of jazz techno kraut that precedes it.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:02 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Getting quite a Where You Go I Go Too vibe from Kuiper.

Matt DC, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:52 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

anyone know if he plays w live band on current tour?

niels, Monday, 27 June 2016 21:52 (three years ago) link

yeah, played with a band at the festival I saw him at last weekend

Number None, Monday, 27 June 2016 22:08 (three years ago) link

nice, hope to see him live this week

niels, Monday, 27 June 2016 23:32 (three years ago) link

New EP's quite nice, think I like it more than the album.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 June 2016 23:37 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Agree w/Ned, and it feels more like a mini-album than an EP to me. B-side is great too, would absolutely not mind more in this vein

Dominique, Friday, 29 July 2016 13:57 (three years ago) link

four months pass...
six months pass...

So his new thing is out today - Reflections Mojave Desert. 5 tracks over 27 minutes recorded in the mojave desert as a 5-piece band. Two long (7 and 10 minutes) psychedelic prog jazz grooves, and three ambient-y explorations of what happens if you fiddle with an organ in the desert and approach it as a post-doc field recording project.

Ordered it weeks ago from his site and it arrived yesterday. Silurian Blue the 7-minute track, got a bit of play on 6music a while ago, and is pretty indicative (of course; there are only four other tracks!).

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.

Comes with a DVD of s short film of the band playing and Sam wandering around with a field recording mic in the desert, which I've not watched yet.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 June 2017 05:45 (two years ago) link

The 10-minute track, Kelso Dunes, reaches somewhere he's not quite been before, whilst also being a logical kin to Kuiper etc.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 June 2017 05:46 (two years ago) link

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 (two 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 (two 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

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 (one month ago) link

the abruptness

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

j., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

ok this guy is the shit

j., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:10 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

i'm impressed without being particularly moved by it.

Wee Bloabby (NickB), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 13:44 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link


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