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New Brian Eno album to be launched with series of sound installations

By | Published on Friday 26 February 2016

Brian Eno

Brian Eno has announced that he will release a new solo album, ‘The Ship’, through Warp on 29 Apr.

“On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape”, says Eno of the record. “I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space”.

He continues: “One of the starting points was my fascination with the First World War, that extraordinary trans-cultural madness that arose out of a clash of hubris between empires. It followed immediately after the sinking of the Titanic, which to me is its analogue … I was thinking of those vast dun Belgian fields where the First World War was agonisingly ground out; and the vast deep ocean where the Titanic sank; and how little difference all that human hope and disappointment made to it. They persist and we pass in a cloud of chatter”.

The album will be split into two halves, starting with 21 minute piece ‘The Ship’. Following it, ‘Fickle Sun’ is split into three movements, including a cover of Lou Reed’s ‘I’m Set Free’. And to coincide with the release, a series of sound installations will be displayed around the world

“This album is a succession of interleaved stories”, concludes Eno. “Some of them I know, some of them I’m discovering now in the making of them”.