Roger Eno and Brian Eno – Mixing Colours – Deutsche Grammophon

Mixing metaphors, like mixing colours, conjures up all sorts of meaning. Roger and Brian Eno’s first album together is another world to lose yourself in. Which given the situation we now find ourselves may sound like a salvation. Blissful tones, resonating with emotional turmoil of both plus/ negative all escape into the ether. And just as you might imagine the experience captures our relationship between sound, the art of transference and its consequent meaning. Touching upon the memory the past is fused with a sense of now and there is a heightened belief in something more expansive then ourselves playing out. There is an orthodoxy on occasion that refreshes a church-like reassurance on Blonde (below) reminding you of the simple, eloquent power of music to transform. The piano playing is often exquisite, highlighting the spectrum, such as on the beautifully poignant Snow.

As the music unfolds your mind wonders, thinking out loud, like you have plugged directly into the livewire of the albums notation. Not so much chancing upon dark corners as there is a celebratory, though sometimes melancholy, longing which the music often reaches for that is resolutely rewarding. Sculpting sound is what these artists are most renowned for. They succeed in abundance. Listen to Celeste below and discover all of this and more as seven of the eighteen tracks have accompanying films. A further, stunning collaboration with musician/software designer Peter Chilvers proving beauty is more than just commodity.

Release: March 20

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Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition) – UMC

Brian Eno is a bit like God. Always present playing somewhere in the distance. Echoing into collective consciousness now and again. Maybe that’s why he has had the Asteroid 81948 named after him: Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, or Eno for short. Besides, he is undoubtedly one of the most important, significant artists of this, and indeed the previous century with an influence stretching out far beyond any human horizon sculpting sonic masterpieces that resound into the sublime ether from the 1970’s to today. This latest re-release, originating from 1983, revisits the flurry of ambience created alongside his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois was produced to accompany the documentary ‘For All Mankind’ by Al Reinert, celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969. Zoom fast-forwards to now and the 50th anniversary of that surreal, cosmic event now features the original album (remastered by Abbey Road’s Miles Showell), plus an accompanying additional album of 11 new compositions which freshly reimagine the soundtrack. Analytically, as we do like to analyse the man’s work, categorising and theorising as to this and that, for me this isn’t his most important moment. Not that it isn’t great. It’s just not as great as the 1970’s trio from Music For Airports, but music is of course a personal journey and whatever reflects time and space for you is always going to be most significant. What is perhaps most interesting here, in that context, is the comparison of the new music which has been created sonically, as well as highlighting the progression from then to now. ‘For All Mankind’ occasionally marks a more playful, melodic side while also hitting those atmospheric buttons relieving brilliant sensations, most notably on the piano punctuated Waking Up. Or tearing at the heartstrings via on the picture-postcard, haunting nostalgia of the closing, Like I was A Spectator. Moments that capture time like these don’t come much more elated….

Meandering past the point of no return…

Release: July 19

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