Reflections - Mojave Desert

Floating Points - Reflections - Mojave Desert
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Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2017 Ratings: #412
June 30, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

It all sounds a bit turquoise and New Age-y—songs to swing your dream catcher earrings to, basically—but as with Elaenia, the richness of detail rescues it from being pure mood music.

80
Loud and Quiet

Digested as a whole, ‘Mojave Desert’ is as fluid and enveloping as the landscape itself, a mystical, spiritual and arresting nexus point between the natural world and sound.

80
The 405

With more customary song composures and an overall more traditional structure, Reflections - Mojave Desert is a habitually mind rapturing display of artistic coherence.

80
Clash

Without the visuals and context, the record can become excessively meditative at times, yet at its finest moments it re-forms the uninhabitable vastness of the desert-space as a blank canvas in the listener’s imagination, to be filled with inspiration of their own.

73
Pitchfork

Reflections - Mojave Desert is arguably his most ambitious recording to date, if only because he availed himself of the Mojave Desert itself as his recording studio.

70
Drowned in Sound

As an exercise in creativity, musical form, experimentation and sheer art, then, Reflections… is to be commended, but as a standalone body of work it’s somewhat lacking in the substance, sculpted precision, urgency and depth that made Elaenia such an enthralling proposition.

70
AllMusic

Compared to the earlier Floating Points material designed to connect to the head more than the hips, this naturally comes across as underdeveloped, but it's engrossing nonetheless.

70
No Ripcord

Reflections may have required a more rigorous process to complete than any other project he’s ever done, but it is also his most compact to date, which rejects the common belief that bigger always means better.

noonoo97
80
Not massive improvement or progression from his last release (Soundtrack though). Even so Sam Shepherd delivers another beautiful album with a new guitar driven element into his work and of course intense synthy floating points.
Soul_Feeder
78
During the last couple of years, Mancunian producer and multi-instrumentalist Samuel T Shepherd has definitely made himself a reputation as one of the most talented and inspiring artists in the English underground musical scene. With his Floating Points moniker he delivered numerous interesting EPs and the critically acclaimed LP Elaenia: an impressive debut that amalgamated post-rock, nu jazz and progressive electronic elements.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#43/Piccadilly Records
#68/Uncut

MISC LISTS

#36/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Mojave Desert
  2. Silurian Blue
  3. Kites
  4. Kelso Dunes
  5. Lucerne Valley
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