Above & Beyond isn’t dropping their prospective album in full until July 19, but they did give us a small taste of what’s to come.
A three-track preview of the ‘Flow State’ LP hit all major streaming platforms last week, in the wake of the 2019 Summer Solstice and internationally-recognized Day of Yoga. Both celebrations were aligned with Above & Beyond’s release, as they resonate with the spiritual theme of the future compilation. The musical act’s forthcoming body of work has an ambient, down-tempo energy that’s said to have been inspired by their personal journey of discovering peace through yoga.
“Encouraging a headspace where the journey becomes the destination”
‘Flow State’ stands unique in nature; from this preview we can see the album will be a transformative stray away from Above & Beyond’s big room house roots, as well as their AnjunaBeats label venture. The multi-dimensional electronic composers never fall short of putting the respective listener in a state of trance.
Get washed away by tranquil waves of layered melodies; Listen to the ‘Flow State’ sampler here:
‘Flow State’ is a brainchild stemming from the intention the group has set of incorporating yoga sequences with live performances. A soul-riveting yoga class years back at Burning Man motivated the trio to play around with merging their musical talents with the power of the physical practice. The instructor of the groundbreaking Playa flow– named Elena Brower–played such a major role in Above & Beyond’s production approach that she has a 13-minute self-acceptance audio talk in the album.
“Our music has always been about getting in touch with, and understanding and accepting our emotions,”
explains Above & Beyond’s Paavo Siljamaki.
“After those amazing yoga sets, we realized that there is a bigger place for this more reflective music within our little universe,”Above & Beyond Press Release
“With the Flow State project, we want to help bring people’s attention and focus towards helping themselves find better mental fitness and overall happiness in life,” he adds.
“Through raised awareness, being more present, one can reach a state of flow: a creative and free state of mind where time, fear and stress dissipate.”