Brian Eno - The Ship

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A new album from Brian Eno is always something we look forward to and upon hearing it, 'The Ship' is possibly one of the finest solo works from this pioneer yet. Opening with the truly otherworldly experience of title track 'The Ship' Eno carefully lays down a twenty minute plus blanket of slow moving, but fully immersive synths that start off sounding like the blurry jet lag memories of the morning after a night in his 'Music For Airports' departure lounge. The track builds with a delicate, constantly evolving '77 Million Paintings' style drone before his deeply lead vocals chime into the mix, this could honestly be an update on a lost recording from the B-side of 'Low'. The rest of the album follows in a similar stance but over a three-part "musical novel" and takes in oceanic waves of sound to spoken word transcripts and ends on a tear-drenched cover of The Velvet Underground's 'I'm Set Free'. Large parts of 'The Ship' will be tugging at memories of Eno's previous work notably 'Airports' and 'Another Green World', but it remains new and offers much to explore, the end caps on the words "I'm set free, to find a new illusion" and after 'The Ship' we can't wait to hear where he sails to next. Unmissable stuff.

Tracklisting:

A The Ship Part 1 (13”25)
B The Ship Part 2 (07”55)
C Fickle Sun (i) (17”40)
D1 Fickle Sun (ii) The Hour Is Thin (02”43)
D2 Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free (05”13)


Artist Brian Eno
Title The Ship
Label WARP
Format Double LP
Release Date 17th June 2016
Cat Number WARPLP272

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