Above & Beyond to Release Yoga and Mindfulness-inspired Ambient LP – Flow State’
Above & Beyond announced ‘Flow State’, a 49-minute panoramic journey of ambient compositions and warm, neo-classical yoga soundscapes that offer moments of meditative calm in these busy and often overwhelming times.
A break from the
anthemic dance sound that swept Above & Beyond’s ‘Common Ground’ LP to #3
in the Billboard Album Charts in 2018, ‘Flow State’ is the culmination of a
journey which began at Burning Man in 2014.
A chance encounter on the Playa led to a spontaneous sunset yoga set on the infamous Robot Heart stage, guided by renowned yogi Elena Brower. A magical and spiritual experience for those present, it inspired Above & Beyond to begin opening their biggest global gigs with yoga sets, creating transformative experiences for 25,000 strong crowds at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington and Huntington Beach, California. The original Burning Man yoga set has subsequently gone on to amass over 2 million streams on Soundcloud.
Listen to music from ‘Flow State’ now on the ‘Flow State
As the band began
writing more original music for these yoga sessions, the seed for “Flow State”
“Our music has
always been about getting in touch with, and understanding and accepting our
emotions. After those amazing yoga sets, we realized that there is a bigger
place for this more reflective music within our little universe,” explains Above
& Beyond’s Paavo Siljamaki. “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,” adds Siljamaki. “Through raised awareness, being more present, one can
reach a state of flow: a creative and free state of mind where time, fear and
To long-time fans of Above & Beyond, this new album will come as no surprise; quieter moments have always been essential components of their chart-topping electronic albums. Alongside 14 new compositions, 3 of the band’s classic ambient works are remastered for ‘Flow State’, including the iconic ‘Sun In Your Eyes’, a track currently given a new lease of life via DJ support from tastemakers such as Jamie XX.
Designed to be
experienced in its entirety, the LP rewards complete, focussed listening and encourages
a headspace where the journey becomes the destination – extending a canon that
includes Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Airports’, KLF’s ‘Chill Out’ and The Orb’s
‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’.
In addition to the
49-minute album journey, Elena Brower leads a 13-minute talk on
self-acceptance, set to the music from Flow State. Brower commented: “Flow State is about the subtlest, innermost
conversation, trusting ourselves, and looking inward for acceptance. That
acceptance of our own humanity is an experience of Flow State. It’s a
profoundly peaceful space for listening and healing.”
Above & Beyond’s Flow State album will be released on the band’s Anjunabeats imprint on July the 19th. As a precursor to the release, a three-track EP – featuring new track ‘Believer’ plus classics ‘Small Moments’ and ‘Sun In Your Eyes’ – drops on International Yoga Day (June 21) and offers a small window into the full Flow State experience.