Published Nov 02, 2010Brian Eno and Warp Records are such a perfect match that it's amazing they haven't teamed up before. Both the man and the label have been pioneers in electronic and experimental music for decades, so it only seemed fitting when Eno announced that his latest solo album, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, would be coming out via UK-based Warp.
The LP will be hitting shelves today (November 2), and you can take a free preview here, where it will be streaming in its entirety on Exclaim.ca all week.
While it's credited to Eno alone, Small Craft on a Milk Sea is actually the result of his collaboration with guitarist Leo Abrahams and electronic composer Jon Hopkins. The three musicians came together for improvised studio sessions during several years of on-again-off-again recording. Early reports suggested that the disc would be in line with Eno's classic ambient works; a blog post by Abrahams called it "alien," while Eno himself described the pieces as those from "sound-only movies."
The LP's 15 tracks deliver on these enigmatic descriptions. On "Complex Heaven," a guitar and a piano drift atop a desolate landscape of synth tones, while the eight-minute closer, "Late Anthropocene," contains little more than tinkling keyboards and computerized burbling. It not all chilled-out ambience, however; just listen to "2 Forms of Anger," which brings together clanking beats, thundering drums and spazzy guitars.
Listen to the record for yourself; Small Craft on a Milk Sea will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until November 8.
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