Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders share new ‘Promises’ teaser


Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders’ forthcoming album took an unusual path to release, but then again, the music itself is anything but ordinary. promise, five years in the making and out March 26 on Luaka Bop, finds English electronic musician and composer Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, who has teamed up with legendary saxophonist Sanders, 80, and the London Symphony Orchestra to create a continuous to create a composition with nine movements. As such, promise has no singles, giving special meaning to Tuesday’s new teaser for the album.

We’ve recapitulated the announcement of the album and highlighted it our most anticipated releases of March, To write:

all about promise […] is primarily dreamy. This started with the announcement of the album: the main part of the press release consisted of just two conversations between Shepherd and Sanders, which were presumably transcribed during the album promise meetings; in one, Sanders talks about music that comes to him in dreams (“I’m on a ship. In the ocean. Bears come around smoking cigars. The bears sing, ‘We’ve got the music. We’ve got what you’re looking for'”) , while Shepherd in the other shows a just-completed take as “two musicians […] trying to guide each other.”

Today’s release of the short film Promise: Prologue maintains that surreal sensibility while also factually revealing what lies under the hood of the album. As pictures of the promise Sessions cycle by, with selections from Shepherd and Sanders’ work playing in the background, above which a voice lists their many individual collaborators, including artist Julie Mehretu, whose painting ‘Congress’ appears on the album cover. Towards the end of the film, Sanders is seated with a saxophone in hand, as if waking from a dream.

Besides sharing Promise: Prologue, Shepherd and Sanders announced “Promises: Chapter I, a non-visual experience” for Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET. You can reply to the broadcast here, and when you do, you’ll get a message that says, in part, “To fully enjoy this experience, we encourage you to fully immerse yourself. Perhaps you want to venture out into nature (but not so far that you lose cell service) or prepare for a deeper listening experience in the comfort of your own home. If COVID safety permits, you might want to meet up with a person or two who are important to you.”

As we gushed in our March album preview: “promise is a lush, heavenly, majestic piece of music – you probably won’t hear anything like it this year.”

Consider Promise: Prologue under.

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