The Wood Beyond the World

by The Floating World

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a full color 4-panel digi sleeve and includes a poem written especially for the album.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Wood Beyond the World via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Japanese term ‘ukiyo,’ translated as ‘the floating world,’ was used to describe the pleasure seeking urban culture of Edo Japan. When alternately rendered as ‘sorrowful world’ the term took on Buddhist connotations, indicating the transitory nature of human experience, the ephemerality of existence. These two seemingly opposed yet sympathetic concepts have always heavily informed the music of The Floating World and each album has been created with these as central themes. Named for a novel by William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World is The Floating World’s latest album and an attempt to capture the journey from the mundane to the illusory made by the novel’s protagonist – a journey that reflects the hunt for the temporal and intangible the band’s name intimates. With the addition of Neddal Ayad (guitar; Desolation Singers/Great Attractor) and Grey Malkin (drones, bells, piano; The Hare and the Moon), as full members who have brought additional nuance to the music, this ambition is more fully realized. Amanda’s delicate, melancholy flute parts now weave in and out of Neddal’s hazy guitar and Grey’s eerie and dissonant accompaniments – the whole underpinned by various rough field recordings used to compliment and counterpoint the music. Roy Felps (Korperschwache) also guests on the album, adding drifting acoustic guitar to a song.

Eclipse/Cyclic Law 2013

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released October 9, 2013



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The Floating World Detroit, Michigan

The Floating World is Amanda Votta (flutes, other stuff), and sometimes other people who happen to be around.
Amanda's solo project since 2005, with We Hunted (Reverb Worship, 2013) TFW became more a band and will likely continue as one. New album - The Wood Beyond the World - out on Cyclic Law. Look for it there.
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