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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for electronic producer Sam Shepherd features a wide variety of influences including Brazilian classical, jazz, and soul music.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Nov 5, 2015
    100
    Elaenia flits, swoops and soars beautifully, impossible to pin down, let alone cage.
  2. Nov 3, 2015
    84
    It's a record best heard loud, because the quiet parts can be very quiet, and its spirit lies less in melodies or even moods than in tiny details.
  3. Nov 3, 2015
    80
    Eleania demands focus, too, but pay attention to it and you'll be rewarded.
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 28, 2015
    80
    An astonishing cohesive record. [Dec 2015, p.107]
  5. Nov 4, 2015
    80
    Shepherd is among London's most sought-after DJs, known for marathon sets that span everything from disco's deepest cuts to feel-good hip-hop. But here he steps away from those club sounds in favor of a fully immersive experience that's unbounded by genre.
  6. 80
    Of all albums this year, Elaenia is one that could be--probably will be--discussed for some time. It’s as impressive and rewarding as you want to be.
  7. Nov 4, 2015
    70
    The album is not without its flaws, mostly coming from the disappointing length and one filler track. The record only lasts seven songs, and with the flood of ideas that Shepherd clearly brings to the table, it’s a damn shame we don’t have more time in his world.

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  1. Jan 31, 2016
    9
    A stellar combination of post-rock, electronica, and ambient, Floating Points’ newest recording almost flew under my radar. I happened to comeA stellar combination of post-rock, electronica, and ambient, Floating Points’ newest recording almost flew under my radar. I happened to come across this album on Soundcloud.com, and I was hooked by the tracks “Peroration Six” and “Silhouettes (I, II, III)”. The album as a whole ebbs and flows as one large composition: it hides in plain sight with soft droning notes on some occasions, and gradually builds with swallowed digital bleeps and swelling synthesizer, bursting into grand conclusions. “Elaenia” ends suddenly, just as a guitar lick seems inevitable. One can hope that Floating Points will soon pick up where this great album left off. Expand

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