Photo by Camille Blake
Manchester producer Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, dropped his debut album, Elaenia, last November to much acclaim. Now, less than a year later, he’s returned with a brand new single called “Kuiper”.
Clocking in at a jaw-dropping 18 minutes, the track covers vast and varied terrain, including meditative plateaus and jazz-inflected peaks and valleys. Shepherd released a live video version of “Kuiper” last month, but this official studio recording allows for listeners to close their eyes and really immerse themselves in its aural journey.
Shepherd offered up some words on the track in a press release:
“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!”
Stream it below.
“Kuiper” is off an EP of the same name, due out on July 22nd through Luaka Bop/PLUTO.
In addition to his own solo material, Shepherd contributed to The Invisible’s forthcoming record, Patience.
Kuiper EP Tracklist:
02. For Marmish Part II