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Brian Eno Announces ‘The Ship’


Brian Eno

Sonic pioneer Brian Eno will release his next album, ‘The Ship’, via seminal British label Warp Records on April 29th.

Eno’s first solo record since 2012’s Grammy-nominated LUX, the album was conceived conceived whilst the former Roxy Music member was experimenting with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, serves as much as a “musical novel” as traditional album.

“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. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space,” Eno explains.

“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. The Titanic was the Unsinkable Ship, the apex of human technical power, set to be Man’s greatest triumph over nature. The First World War was the war of materiel, ‘over by Christmas’, set to be the triumph of Will and Steel over humanity. The catastrophic failure of each set the stage for a century of dramatic experiments with the relationships between humans and the worlds they make for themselves.

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 coincide with the opening of a number of Eno installations across the globe, at which you will be able to hear an alternative telling of ‘The Ship’ in multi-channel 3-dimensional sound. Sounds interesting as ever Brian!


01. The Ship
02. Fickle Sun

      (i) Fickle Sun

      (ii) The Hour Is Thin

      (iii) I’m Set Free

Photo: Shamil Tanna


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