For the past ten years, all roads Floating Points AKA Sam Shepherd has followed have been slowly leading to “Elaenia” – an album with roots deep in his formative years, and one that draws upon everything Shepherd has done so far. Every DJ set he’s performed, every talent he has produced, every composition he has written are thought of as precursors to “Elaenia” – a dazzling score which puts Shepherd in the spotlight as a composer who has produced an album that bridges the gap between his rapturous dance music and formative classical roots.
“Elaenia”, was engineered over five year period, all the while deejaying in cities across the globe and working towards his PhD in neuroscience. His debut album proper, Elaenia is the culmination of all things Sam Shepherd: the Eglo label boss, the ensemblist, the producer and scientist. He built a harmonograph from scratch to create the artwork for Elaenia too – the cover image was made using a purpose built harmonograph and 2 fibre optic cables of 0.5 and 1.5mm diameters which were connected to light sources responding to bass drum and white noise percussive sounds used on “For Marmish”.