Posted in music on October 4, 2010

Brian Eno

Brian Eno's new album, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, comes out November 2nd on Warp Records (that's the cover above). On it, Brian Eno worked with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams. Eno described the process of recording the album to the Guardian...

"Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from 'composition' in the classical sense, but from improvisation," Eno explained. "The improvisations are not attempts to end up with a song, but rather with a landscape, a feeling of a place and perhaps the suggestion of an event. In a sense they deliberately lack 'personality': there is no singer, no narrator, no guide as to what you ought to be feeling."

According to Hopkins, many of the album's "more melodic pieces" were born out of randomness. "Brian [asked] Leo and myself to write down a series of random chords, which he would then write on a white board, along with a number - the number of bars we should stay on that chord for," he said. "Brian would then stand and point to chords at random, not knowing how (and if) they will link to each other, and Leo and I would lay down parts in the corresponding keys for the written number of bars."

One of the album's tracks, "2 Forms of Anger," is posted below.

Jon Hopkins tours with Four Tet in October. They're at Webster Hall on October 22nd. Tickets are still on sale.

The streaming track and more info are below...

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Brian Eno - 2 Forms Of Anger (taken from Small Craft On A Milk Sea) by Warp Records

'Small Craft on a Milk Sea' tracklist
Emerald and Lime
Complex Heaven
Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Flint March
Horse
2 Forms of Anger
Bone Jump
Dust Shuffle
Paleosonic
Slow Ice, Old Moon
Lesser Heaven
Calcium Needles
Emerald and Stone
Written, Forgotten
Late Anthropocene

'Bonus tracks' (included with the Limited Edition and Collectors' Edition Box Sets)
Surfacing
Square Chain
Bimini Twist
Abandoned Ship

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More info on 'Small Craft on a Milk Sea.'
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Jon Hopkins - 2010 Tour Dates
Oct 14 METRO Chicago, IL #
Oct 15 HENRY FONDA THEATER Los Angeles, CA #
Oct 20 THE MOD CLUB Toronto, ON #
Oct 21 STUDIO JUST FOR LAUGHS Montral, QC #
Oct 22 WEBSTER HALL New York, NY #
Oct 24 930 CLUB Washington, DC #
Oct 30 MOOG FEST 2010 Ashville, NC
# w/ Four Tet

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Comments (9)

Please oh please Brian Eno I hope you tour.

Posted by michaelways | October 4, 2010 10:27 AM

hear, hear... but fat chance.

Posted by Count Funkula! | October 4, 2010 10:33 AM

Personally I feel he's done nothing of interest since around 1980, back when he was working with human beings, but maybe that's just me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 10:33 AM

The new Eno song is amazing....a tour would be simply unreal!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 11:03 AM

Now we can take loads of class A drugs! - Liam Gallagher

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 11:04 AM

"Former Roxy Music guitarist Brian Eno"
The Guardian writer is on heavy drugs!

Posted by me | October 4, 2010 11:05 AM

Jon Hopkins's album is very good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 11:05 AM

Now my superego
Is sayin' no, no, no
I think I'll listen to some early Brian Eno

Posted by Dean Clean | October 4, 2010 4:47 PM

Wow, that's a pretty bad title for an album. I would suggest something more like 'Small Chick Pea on a Hummus Sea'...

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 8:25 PM

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