Sam Shepard’s Floating Points project has been remarkable over the six months. After releasing Elaenia, the full-length record that melted jazz and classical influence into his techy electronica compositions, Shepard got to work assembling a band for a few very special shows. We caught one of them at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last year, where his 11-piece orchestra wowed the crowd with true-to-form replications of the record that had just released.
Currently, Floating Points is on a full tour, and while toting a small orchestra around wasn’t in the cards, he has assembled a very good, and very different, show for this time around. The violins and horns are gone, but a couple guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and Shepard himself on keys and synths makes for a really rockin’ show.
The five-piece band took full advantage of their instrumentation, and delivered intriguing new takes on the material from Elaenia. Moving through the entire record throughout the one-hour performance, each artist had his time to shine on the instrumental material, but the group moved cohesively as a unit as they conquered the record from start to finish. They even played some new material, including “Kuiper,” a great new track just released yesterday. (Check that out below)
After performing with his band, Shepard skipped across town to DJ late night at Greenpoint’s Good Room, where he threw down an eclectic set of funky disco and techy house tunes. The vibes were high as Floating Points reminded everybody that even amidst a full band tour, he can still have some fun on the ones and twos.