Slow Meadow is the project of Houston-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Matt Kidd. Two years after sophomore album Costero, he announced the release of a new album. Happy Occident is out on October 18th. “Artificial Algorithm” is the first excerpt.

According to the press release, Fueled by the anxiety derivative of modern life and the frenetic and often uncertain state of these ever-changing times, Happy Occident provides music for reflection. A soundtrack to life’s contemplative moments, and an experience akin to mindfulness meditation.

“The album is like a waking dream of ideas strung together in a nonlinear fashion,” says Matt Kidd. “I have been thinking more about what it means to be ‘Happy’ in the Occident. Happiness is often nothing more than a false promise used to sell something, even ideas. I dwell on the utter failure of that word, especially in comparison to something like the Greek word ‘eudaimonia.’”

Listen below.