Tuesday, June 14, 2005

New Releases Tuesday (6/14)

Brian Eno - Another Day On Earth (Hannibal) New album from former Roxy Music keyboardist, solo glam/art rocker, ambient music pioneer, Talking Heads and U2 producer and all-around genius/musical mastermind Brian Eno. Here's a synopsis of the new release courtesy of John Diliberto, host of PRI's "Echoes." Another Day on Earth is an ambient song cycle that is full of yearning and a mood that Brian Eno has called "brave and resigned." Even in song, Eno is a master of ambience, creating detailed soundworlds and lyrics that don't so much make sense as create a feeling. It's taken him 15 years to create a new vocal album, and the songs span that time, with the welcome reprise of "Under," a devastatingly beautiful hymn of loss and redemption that dates back to 1991's aborted, unreleased My Squelchy Life album. It's turned up before on the Cool World soundtrack and Eno Box II: Vocals. Joining "Under" as one of Eno's most sublime songs is "And Then So Clear," a paean of wasted longing and hope with its cycling rhythm, ethereal guitars, and pitch-shifted vocal harmonies. You can hear Eno's love of gospel music on "This" and "Bottomliners," and can almost picture them in a particularly pensive Baptist church with his double-tracked vocals emulating a solemn choir. But it's not all minor-key reflection. Eno also unleashes a couple of fractured tunes, like "Bonebomb," which is from a project in which he mutated the meter of poets reciting their works. Another Day on Earth is a more personal album from the ambient avatar, a recording of rare and meticulous maturity. Other Notables Dressy Bessy - Electrified (Transdreamer) The Oranges Band - The World & Everything In It (Lookout!) The Orange Peels - Circling the Sun (Parasol) Pernice Brothers - Discover a Lovelier You (Ashmont) The Residents - Animal Lover (Mute)


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