UK / USA, 2021, third stream / modern classical

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & London Symphony OrchestraPromises

A beautiful collaborative project that will help you simultaneously relax and transcend (in my experience, it’s hard to do both at the same time). The entire album is an exploration of the possible permutations of a simple yet sustainable and repeating arpeggio. Sanders’ tenor sax brings sandpaper, sex, and voice to the compositions; the symphony’s strings bring uncontainable joy in the much-talked-about sixth movement. The music goes total outer-space in the seventh movement, which is such a nice and unlooked-for touch, and though there is some breakdown, the music doesn’t lose itself to chaos.

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