The weather has been pretty bad here in Sydney, Australia, from where I write this. A storm has been going on all day. It’s the kind of storm that keeps you trapped in the house, upset. I begin to daydream. I think of freedom, happiness and love; all because of one album. An album I was recommended to by a friend. I wasn’t told what it would be like, so I became excited. ‘Moment’ by Float 11, a sadly unknown gem from an even more unknown source, lurks the internet mysteriously. But here it plays in my dim lit city bedroom, rain pouring violently outside, cars screeching past over the wet road. I must say, the contrast is absolutely beautiful.
‘Moment’ begins with a gentle yet powerful unison of guitar and piano. It is a dramatic introduction but one that suggests more beauty than it does stress. The result: a powerful charm – a spell cast over the listener – that no one could resist. And so, we go on a journey to the Moment.
‘Round Circle’, the name of this opener, begins the album perfectly. ‘Moment’ explores more emotions than it does musical ideas –piano, acoustic guitar, synthesizers and drums carry us through the entire 54 minutes. We go into atmospheres that explore innocence (the thoughtful pacing in ‘Shape of My Shadow’), joy (the dancing piano in ‘Silent Ocean’), mystery (the hauntingly beautiful ‘Deep’), sadness (the trip-hop influenced ‘Time Comes Again’) and regret (the passionate piano-tinged electronica of ‘Apology’).
Despite these shifting moods, the album keeps an overall softness that sounds angelic and innocent However, this might also be its weakness; ‘Moment’ does not have the cheeky attitude (with the exception of the sly, jazz-tinged ‘Dirty Rain’) that could appeal to a younger or simply broader audience. It is for the most part a very serious record. However, if given the right attention it can create for the listener a very rewarding experience.
From a producer’s perspective, I have a few small criticisms. The album’s production is great, but the sounds become a little repetitive. There are a number of tracks on the album which sound too similar to be needed, despite sounding good on their own. This beautiful record is also slightly unoriginal. Float 11 is an intelligent composer with an evidently strong musicological background. However, he is perhaps unrecognisable against composers like Emancipator and Lemongrass.
In summary, this album is indeed very beautiful. It is the perfect record for rainy weather, for listening to on the bus to work or better yet, for just plain chilling-out! Float 11 is a great artist and I highly recommend his music to anybody!