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Floating Points' Sam Shepherd follows 2015’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Elaenia’ with this double header 12" 'Kuiper' and 'For Marmish Part II'. An epic 18.28 minutes in length, 'Kuiper' is the ultimate builder: Simple drum machine patterns and synth pads are augmented with rising strings and jazzy kit breaks, swooshing, enveloping efx and layers of echo-drenched guitars - what a ride! Sitting on the same astral plane as Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' and Manuel Gottsching's 'E2-E4', 'For Marmish Part II' features a shuffling slo-mo samba rhythm over which a sequenced keyboard line, echoing bells, warm sub bass fills and a falsetto voice drift in and out of the mix. Sublime!
Speaking about the new release, Shepherd says:
“Since starting a band to realise the music from my LP, it has sparked a deep interest in the band itself, and so 'Kuiper' is the result of playing with Leo, Alex and Susumu. Each time we play it, its completely different. We set the scene with electronics, and some drum machines that form the foundation to allow the unfurling of the rest of the track. The version on this EP - believe it or not - was recorded at 8am!
The other side - ‘For Marmish Part II’ - is carbon dated by my singing voice. I can’t get that high anymore! It was recorded way before ‘For Marmish’ on the album but the two tracks happened to be written around the same time.
I want to share them because both sides reflect in two tracks where I was right at the start of the 'Elaenia' project, right up to now post-LP release, playing live and going on the road with a band. I hope, like I feel, people will find a common strand in the hypnotic nature of both tracks.“
David says: I saw FP at The Ritz this time last year, they opened my eyes and blew my mind. I arrived expecting chin stroking, noodling introspection. I left with analogue synth jazz in my heart.
A1. Kuiper (18.28)
A2. For Marmish Part II (14.10)