It doesn’t feel too long ago that that Shepherd released his 2015 critically acclaimed album Elaenia, which helped propel him to a new cult status for many dance music fans. He followed that up with new singles each of the following three years and scored a short film in 2017. He put out a Late Night Tales compilation earlier this year, but now he has some original music for the world to enjoy.
We got a taste of the EP last month when Floating Points released the A-side of the EP “LesAlpx” – albeit the shorter version. Now with the project out, we get to hear the full 10-minute track as it was likely meant to be consumed.
The full version gives a more complete picture of Floating Points’ direction with the record. The elements are the same with suspenseful builds and eerie synths whirring over a haunting bassline. Now they are just stretched out with the full aura of Vangelis-like suspense and tension building out over 10 minutes. You can feel the song trying to bring you into it hypnotic clutches.
The B-Side, “Coorabell,” is a new one we haven’t heard yet. It feels more dancefloor friendly, with a purposeful and fast-moving bass line, while quirky fx and key-play scurries over the top.
The highlight will be “LesAlpx,” one of his best songs in years, but expect to hear “Coorabell” the next time he performs.
The LesAlpx/Coorabell EP is available in digital and vinyl formats. Pick up your copy here.