No, I don't know why Sam Landry should be The Shepherd either. Sam Shepherd, perhaps? Probably not.
No matter. The new self-release Everything is Everything Else* (which coincides with the dextrous remastering of his earlier & Sounds of the Sleepless Sam Vol.I) marks a further deepening & a definite darkening of his outstanding Le Berger project ("ambient textures & tonal ventures accomplished with primitive means and scarce source material") - a thrilling discovery last year recognised recently with a place in LMYE's Festive 50 - or so - albums that particularly mattered to us in 2010.
Everything's highlight & centrepiece is the 40-minute Phone's Ringing Dude.../...Thank You Donny pairing. Hear the great Kenneth Kirschner (specifically, his 2-hour epic July 17, 2010 - also a Festive 50 pick, by the way) in their glassy, skittering protraction? Impressive company to keep (or at least suggest)...
The pair clearly sit alongside & develop earlier, somewhat blissier ultra-long workouts like De fe'kun's Salus & Sounds' 0007 [Thanks to Bobby the Navigator] - stream both below (NB: SoundCloud's are pre-remastered versions - see Sam's comment & compare with the updated Bandcamps). These lambent, languid pieces are strikingly self-replenishing. As they unfurl over time - much, much time - their affecting themes gather serious force, growing ever more potent with each ravishing breath-pace cycle.
Not everything in Le Berger's flock is measured in 20-minute blocks, though. For that matter, not all of it is in blissy, tranquil mode - even before Everything.
One unmissable example: the refreshingly kinetic Gnascor Encore & Core a Corps (also from De fe'kun). Strongly craving more of this 'constructivist' grid-like & geometric version of Le Berger. Let it be shepherded (ahem) out to us before too long.
Gnascor Encore & Core à Corps [re-up]