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Floating Points To Release Second Album
Christian Eede , August 28th, 2019 13:40

Crush sees Sam Shepherd getting to grips with the Buchla synth

Floating Points has announced his second artist album, Crush. It's preceded by a new track, titled 'Last Bloom', which you can hear above.

The producer's, real name Sam Shepherd, second album will arrive via Ninja Tune in contrast to 2017 debut Elaenia, which came out through his own Pluto imprint. While that first album was made across five years, Crush came together across five weeks, inspired by his solo live tour dates opening for The xx in the US in 2017.

Those sets saw Shepherd opening with a series of improvisations produced with a Buchla synthesiser. He says that he thought those sets would "be really melodic and slow-building" to suit the mood of the headliners, but he ended up playing "some of the most obtuse and aggressive music [he's] ever made, in front of 20,000 people every night." He goes on to describe that experience as "liberating".

Ninja Tune will release Crush on October 18. It also features recent single, 'LesAlpx', which arrived on a standalone EP through the label back in June. He will follow the album's release with a series of live shows, including an appearance at London's Printworks on November 21.