Reviewed By: Lauren Rosier
The experimental electronic sounds of Englishman Sam Shepherd, who performs under the moniker Floating Points, has returned with new music following the release of his debut LP, Elaenia.
Elaenia was Shepherd’s collection that pushed boundaries and created a new sound and complex arrangements. This change in sound and arrangements led him to recently start performing with a live band to adequately perform the material from the record.
The release of Floating Points’ new EP is an extension of the hype from Elaenia. However, Kuiper is just as complex, if not more. The two-song EP features the title track, and the B-side, “For Marmish Part II,” that’s full of unexpected twists and turns of experimental electronic goodness.
“Kuiper” opens quietly with echoing, sparse beats filled with blips that slowly crescendos into a heavy, driving bass line. It continues to pick up with the tension growing through the six-minute mark. The chaotic energy and driving electronics create an otherworldly atmosphere.
Of the two songs, the title track is the clear highlight with its heavy-hitting, driving electronics and its complex arrangements.
The B-side, “For Marmish, Part II,” is more subdued of the two pieces, not as frenetic and complex as its prior companion. It’s elements are more closely related to trance music, but not enough ambience. It’s repetitive, but rhythmic.
Kuiper really brings together some elements of various electronic subgenres and complexity, which makes it a very interesting listen. I definitely would like to hear from Shepherd and see where he’s able to take this.