Review: There is now way that we're gonna sit here and tell you who Brian Eno is. If we did that, it would mean that we were not serious about what we do. We apologise in advance, but if you don't know who he is, then get yourself on Wikipedia and start reading! The British electronic pioneer - and veteran - is showing no signs of stopping in the second half of his career, and this new EP for London's mighty Warp is as refreshing as the very first time we heard his ambient textures. Named Reflection, this four-part release will no doubt blow you away and carry you over the clouds; it's a listening experience, and it doesn't get better than this. Mood music for the mood generation! Trust us, ENO still has it on lockdown...
Review: Given that Warp Records has described this set from ambient legend Brian Eno as "almost as much musical novel, as a traditional album", it's perhaps fitting that this limited edition comes housed in a hardback book. The album's narrative unfurls slowly across the album's four tracks, picking up pace during the 26-minute "Fickle Sun" suite of tracks. Predictably, it's all hugely atmospheric and attractive, featuring a mix of dreamy electronics, twinkling pianos, poetic spoken word extracts and, according to Eno's own notes, "three-dimensional recording techniques". Perhaps most intriguing of all, though, is closer "Fickle Sun I'm Set Free", which sees Eno paying tribute to the hazy, psychedelic pop of Harry Nilsson.
Review: Brian Eno offers up another ambitious and roaming long player for Warp, this time in conjunction with poet Rick Holland. The initial impact is something akin to hearing Sabres of Paradise for the first time, as a live band dynamic gets contorted to an electronic sensibility. The exploratory nature of the album certainly harks back to the imperfect adventures that Warp was celebrated for in the mid-nineties. The vocals will undoubtedly divide people, offering a kind of spiritual guidance in their lyrics and celebrating a very English intonation in their delivery, but there's no denying the skill and vision behind this release.
Review: The godfather of electronics, Brian Eno makes a return to Warp Records. Lux, literally meaning "light", is a delicate assortment of subtle harmonics and chimerical programming. As with all of Mr.Eno's work, all of the elements seem to share an inseparable union with each other, one which manifests a specific concept. "Lux 1" is the sound of a new day, with its gentle notes playing over a majestic soundscape beneath it; whilst "Lux 2" enters more desolate grounds, where melodies are dissolved and remoulded to create a spine-chilling sea of sound. "Lux 3" is a similarly meditative musical zone, where notes remain deserted in a melancholic whirlpool of sub-drones; but "Lux 4" is the radiating light at the end of the tunnel - atmospheric and full of emotion.