Above & Beyond and global health and wellness brand Calm have entered into a new partnership. Starting now, the two-time Grammy-nominated trio’s new yoga and mindfulness-inspired ambient LP ‘Flow State’ will be available via the Calm app. The group is the latest artist to make their music available on Calm, following the recent release of ‘Liminal’ by Sigur Rós.
Released globally on 19 July, ‘Flow State’, is a ’49-minute panoramic journey of ambient compositions and warm, neo-classical soundscapes that offer moments of meditative calm in these busy and often overwhelming times.’ The project has thus far been a success reaching #1 album on the iTunes electronic charts in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and many other countries while garnering millions of streams along the way.
A break from the dance sound, ‘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 Robot Heart stage, guided by yogi Elena Brower. It inspired the group to begin opening their 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 two million streams on Soundcloud.
As the band began writing more original music for these yoga sessions, the seed for ‘Flow State’ was sown.
Above & Beyond: “Our music has always been about getting in touch with, and understanding and accepting our emotions. After those amazing yoga sets, we realised that there is a bigger place for this more reflective music within our little universe.
“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.
“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.”
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.”
Calm is a global health and wellness brand with the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. With hundreds of hours of original audio content, the app helps users cope with some of the most important mental health issues of the modern age including anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Apple’s 2017 iPhone App of the Year and Inc’s 19th fastest growing company boasts over 54 million downloads to date, averaging 75,000 new users daily.