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Reflections: Mojave Desert

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Reflections: Mojave Desert

The first in a series of site-specific musical works and films from electronic musician and neuroscientist Sam Shepherd, recorded in the Californian desert

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Mojave Desert, appropriately, feels like the end of a weekend retreat: restorative, over far too soon, and with its finer points already quickly fading from memory, but all in all, definitely worth doing again
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    There is less self-indulgence and more inspired engagement with the album concept on shorter pieces. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    Not as immediately blissful as ‘Elaenia’, but a magical new direction nonetheless
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  4. 8.0 |   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
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  5. 8.0 |   The 405

    By no means is this an album capable of changing the world, but rather, showing off what the world really has to offer
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Is as fluid and enveloping as the landscape itself, a mystical, spiritual and arresting nexus point between the natural world and sound
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Windswept space rock
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  8. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Sam Shepherd and his ensemble incorporate the vast, rocky landscape of the California desert into the very fabric of their ambient post-rock
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  9. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It remains to be seen how this will fit into a canon with the rest of Shepherd’s environmental series, but he remains one of the most intriguing, thoughtful and intellectual new musical pioneers the UK currently has to offer
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  10. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Freeform work, with beautiful passages
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    Embraces big space and big sound to moderate effect. Print edition only

  12. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Not developed enough to make you want to revisit
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