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


Joep Beving – Henosis – Deutsche Grammophon

You add the words minimal and pianist together and you may think you have an answer. But that would be a disservice as to what you are about to experience when listening to the Dutch artist, Joep Beving who returns with this third album in the series. In the world of electronic music you can also sometimes dance to (which is what we triumph at Magazine Sixty) it can be easy to forget about avenues to explore in the expanse of music outside. Moods, emotions and textures which aren’t always readily available to the set formula are played here with a beautiful, precise poise by Joep Beving as envelopes of synthesized sound whisper a wealth of ever-expanding suggestion around the resolute, yet occasionally fragile, notation. It’s like your grasping at a sense of wonder as the universe explodes brilliantly in colour. And while that might sound all a bit Timothy Leary there is still truth in it. From the tense repetitions of Apophis, through to the smouldering keys and accompanying melancholy strings concluding The One As Two, or even before that point on the yearning Whales, or as found on the bold chords of Sirius, this rich amalgamation of electrical sounds and classical traditions are realised perfectly with history resolving itself into present moments. Henosis is a music searching for something lost. And now found.

Release: April 5