Floating Points - Mojave Desert, Vinyl LP
The first in a planned series of environmental recordings by Floating Points to be filmed and recorded at different locations around the world; the recording was made last year, as Floating Points travelled to the Mojave to rehearse in between US touring.
Immediately struck by the distinct sonic tapestry created by the rock formations and valleys, Sam and the band set up a recording operation and filmed this new work at the base of the natural sculptures they encountered.
The music of 'Reflections' mirrors the landscape: soaring and vast, dynamic and intimate, centred around two longer works and shorter pieces that create a singular and seamless 27-minute experience.
'Reflections' begins with chords played on a Rhodes Chroma and recorded with a surround sound microphone. Throughout the filming, microphones were placed throughout the landscape to capture the natural sonic textures of the desert: the undulating sound of wind, a bird call, the rustling of bushes and more created a backdrop on which much of the record rests. The music softly shifts from the Fender Rhodes introduction to "Silurian Blue", an expansive full band piece that balances refined restraint with explosiveness. In one scene, "Kites", Sam walks through a valley with a super directional microphone, swinging it back and forth as a synth loop gets faster to showcase the natural reverb and shifting phase of sound waves. "Kelso Dunes" signals the film's final act: the sky grows dark, lasers flash, the band and rocks gleaming in the pitch black around them.