Floating Points Shares Live Video of New Track “Kuiper”

Floating Points Shares Live Video of New Track “Kuiper”

North American Tour Starts Next Week

Kuiper EP Out July 22nd on Luaka Bop/PLUTO


Floating Points – a.k.a Sam Shepherd – has today announced the Kuiper EP, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed debut album Elaenia. Out July 22nd via Luaka Bop in the US and Shepherd’s own label PLUTO in the UK, the EP will be available on 12” vinyl as well as digital download. Pre-order from Floating Points store here http://found.ee/Kuiper12 or Luaka Bop here http://luakabop.com/floatingpoints/.


To celebrate the announcement, which comes ahead of his debut North American tour (which begins next week in LA), a live video of “Kuiper” has been shared.  Watch here: http://found.ee/KuiperYT


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.“


See all of Floating Points’ upcoming tour dates below: 


Spring 2016 Tour Dates

4/23 - MEXICO CITY, MX - Foro Normandie

4/25 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Masonic Lodge $

4/26 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Masonic Lodge $

4/27 - SANTA ANA, CA - Constellation Room #

4/28 - SANTA CRUZ, CA - Catalyst #

4/29 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Mezzanine #

5/1 - PORTLAND, OR - Doug Fir #

5/3 - SEATTLE, WA - Neumos #

5/4 - VANCOUVER, BC - Celebrities #

5/7 - CHICAGO, IL - Metro

5/8 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Turf Club

5/10 - TORONTO, ON - Mod Club

5/11 - MONTREAL, QC - Phi Centre

5/12 - NEW YORK, NY - Bowery Ballroom

5/13 - BROOKLYN, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg - SOLD OUT

5/14 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Making Time

5/15 - CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Sinclair

5/17 - WASHINGTON, DC - U Street Music Hall

5/18 - RICHMOND, VA - Broadberry

5/19 - DURHAM, NC - Moogfest 2016

5/22 - ATLANTA, GA - Shaky Beats Festival @ Centennial Olympic Park


$ w/ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

# w/ Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids


Praise for Eleania


“…an album of open sonic spaces. Some take the form of quietude, gradually marking transitions and chapters; others are canyons of emptiness, providing clarity in between layers of keyboards.”



“Shepherd coaxes various textures into play—cello, violin, and viola among them—and they begin to tick over evening basslines and moonlit melodies. They fascinate and draw you in, but it's the moments of cohesion that are stunning: There's a glorious string breakdown that sways in along with harmonizing voices, and by the end only the singing and violins remain.“



“one of the year's most unique and evocative offerings in fittingly eclectic fashion. “



“Delicate synth squiggles and ambient washes of sound set the template, and from there Elaenia mindfully builds in expansive new directions, with lots of electric-piano vibes that could have worked well on fusion records from the Seventies.”

Rolling Stone


“Jazz-fusion, ambient, classical, house—half a lifetime of influences had merged as a 43-minute masterwork. “

Resident Advisor


“An extraordinarily beautiful debut”

MOJO (Electronic Album of the Year)


“Music to lose yourself in”

The Guardian


Elaenia is out now on LP, CD and digital download and can be purchased here




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