Floating Points, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids

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Sun., May 1, 9 p.m. 2016
Doug Fir Lounge Buckman (Portland)
$15 - $17
It's easy to forget that Sam Shepherd makes electronic music. Well, maybe he doesn't, strictly speaking. The Manchester-born, London-based DJ/musician—who records and performs as Floating Points—incorporates jazz and organic elements into his sonic brew, stitching together warmly spacey tones, ambient lulls, and explosive breaks on his debut full-length, Elaenia. It's album that's in love with sounds for sound's sake, like Brahms' notion of "pure music." Fans of Caribou and Tortoise will find much to appreciate here, but even when Floating Points is at its most familiar, the level of Shepherd's invention is invigorating. He'll be joined by West Coast jazz cosmonauts Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids, who re-formed in 2007 after a three-decade hiatus. Their upcoming album We Be All Africans is a splendid concoction of Fela-style afrofunk, Sun Ra outer-galaxy thoroughfares, and In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis meditations. NED LANNAMANN

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Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214 Venue website

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