Thursday, August 16, 2007

Brian Eno


Here Comes the Warm Jets (1973)


Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) (1973)


Another Green World (1975)


Before and After Science (1977)

I almost feel like I bit off more than I can chew here. Reviewing these three albums all at once requires something of a literary light, some flash from on high, to even minutely grab the scope of this music. These may be three of the best albums ever written in the pop music format, and by "format" i dont mean that there is a format. Hardly that. Eno essentially took the previous format of pop and art rock (laid forth in part by his previous band, Roxy Music) and pissed all over it. Danced on it, and did a jig and then composed a symphony on its dead and ragged form.

Eno is a genius. Every sound he has ever come across has been given intense scrutinization and intense "Treatments", as it were... I really dont even feel comfortable describing these discs...

Suffice it to say, Here Comes the Warm Jets is the most straightforward, in terms of Pop Sensibility and linear though, if you can even call it that. His stream of conciousness lyrics are something of a quandary, and while I am sure there is intended meaning behind them, it seems as if they can form numerous images and outcomes.

Taking Tiger Mountain adds a good deal of trickery and electronics to an already spaced out formula. Some of his best songs are on here (Burning Airlines, Third Uncle, True Wheel etc etc.) and it is clear here where almost every quirky indie-pop band has taken a page from his book. Yet no one, regardless of 30 years time, has ever one-upped Enos sound, in style and execution.

Another Green World is the most somber of the bunch, and it is a clear indicator of his upcoming journey into ambient soundscapes. It still retains some very good pop melody and that what tethers this album , but also gives it that uniquess that has yet to be only scraped by Boards of Canada in their most subdued. A good deal of the songs are simply analong synth washes, backed with some simple keyboard and a light rhythm here and there. The few actual songs (St Elmos Fire, I'll Come Running and Golden Hours) are some of his best as well and, patched together with the alien soundscapes of Sky Saw, The Big Ship and Sombre Reptile, it makes for an extremely other worldly tapestry of sounds that is at once sensible, dense, breezy and abstract.

If you like experimental music, I suggest you try all three of these. With any luck you will be completely blow away now and for years to come...

18 Comments:

Blogger maize said...

good post!

ive got...

ambient 1: music for airports
ambient 4: on land

if you need them


maybe tomorrow will be a roxy music today.

4:35 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I have the ambients, thanks though.

Roxy Music would make a great post though...

4:56 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

had to beat me to the eno punch didn't you. well here's before and after the science for yr ass
http://www.mediafire.com/?19musmjbdvj

5:14 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

you forgot to mention...
phil colin's drumming you know before he was in the air tonight

5:15 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yeah thats right, he was on Another Green World too..

I was gonna post Before and After Science but its not as good as the other three and i like trinities...

glad we all dig the eno...

5:55 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

true not as good, but does have the excellent "by this river" which three mile pilot later covered on the gravity ep.

6:00 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

hah, I'm such a punk the only Eno I've heard (aside from some of the gazillion albums he's produced, of course) is the song "Energy Fools the Magician" on the soundtrack to the Ramones movie...

When/if I get mediafire sorted out, I'll give these a listen

6:41 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Energy Fools the Magician is a good track from Before and After Science....

Start with Warm Jets or Tiger Mountain, and ease your way up to Green World and Science...

let me know if you want an up on megaupload or something...

10:19 AM  
Blogger Josh Brown said...

hey, only heard the stuff with david byrne before so this is all new stuff to me. Checking out "Here Come The Warm Jets" at the moment and its certainly pretty interesting, really good post!

12:22 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

Yeah, please if you could put one of them, whichever, on megaupload or divshare I'll give it a listen...

I like this move into experimental stuff... I'm also going to digress temporarily with some Suicide on HCfN... hope you'll like it if you haven't heard it

12:45 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

suicide is for lovers

1:08 PM  
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1:08 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

taking tiger mountain (by strategy)
http://hera.divshare.com/launch.php?f=1624520&s=506

i'll do another green world next...

3:04 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Another Green World
http://hera.divshare.com/launch.php?f=1625015&s=3f3

4:11 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

Thanks! It still may be a while before I get round to them, but when I do I'll definitely tell you what I think

4:38 PM  
Anonymous blunderbuss said...

brian eno... seems random. Ive heard of the guy but never heard him. or maybe once someone played him for me but i was distracted. im not sure what to make of this, as I do not understand brian eno as in... why do punks seem to like him? or do they..?
yes im sounding like an idiot. goodnight.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MUCHAS GRACIAS

1:47 AM  
Anonymous radiocitizen said...

For everything about Brian Eno visit MORE DARK THAN SHARK AT http://www.moredarkthanshark.org or visit the DARK SHARK MESSAGEBOARD AT http://pub35.bravenet.com/forum/2988066244/

9:21 AM  

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