Sam Shepherd was inspired by his improvisations while supporting The xx on tour in 2017.
The LP features lead single "LesAlpx," released back in June, alongside 11 other new tracks. It's out on October 18th via the London label.
In contrast to Sam Shepherd's debut album, 2015's acclaimed Elaenia, Crush was made over the course of five weeks and inspired by improvisation during his sets supporting The xx in 2017, according to the press release. After a period of touring with a live ensemble, he played the opening shows solo with his Buchla synthesiser. Shepherd thought he would play "really melodic and slow-building" music, but instead, it was "some of the most obtuse and aggressive music I've ever made, in front of 20,000 people every night —it was liberating," he said.
Shepherd will also premiere a new live show across tour dates this fall, including a stop at London's Printworks. He's teamed up once again with Hamill Industries, AKA Pablo Barquín and Anna Diaz, whose "reactive laser technologies" have featured in his previous tours.
Earlier this year, Shepherd released two mixes: a double-cassette live mix for Far Away Tapes and the latest edition of LateNightTales.
Watch the video for "Last Bloom."
02. Last Bloom
04. Requiem For CS70 And Strings
11. Apoptose Pt1
12. Apoptose Pt2
Ninja Tune will release Crush on October 18th, 2019.
Photo credit: Dan Medhurst
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