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Talks about ?Small Craft on a Milk Sea?

Brian EnoFor a few days in early August, a post published on Leo Abrahams’s website confirmed what up until that moment was just a rumour: a new Brian Eno album was on its way courtesy of Warp Records. That post soon disappeared from Abraham’s website (on Warp’s boss Steve Beckett’s request, we assume), but at least it dropped some hints of the direction of an album featuring the material Eno, Abrahams and Jon Hopkins had recorded sporadically over the past few years. In a recent interview Eno gave to The Quietus, he cast some light upon this collaboration:

“The work in this collection is a result of an occasional collaboration between myself, Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The two of them are gifted young player/composers whose work, like mine, is intimately connected to the possibilities and freedoms of electronic music. Over the last few years we've worked together several times, enjoying exploring the huge new sonic territories now available to musicians. Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from 'composition' in the classical sense, but from improvisation. 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. If these pieces had been used in films, the film would complete the picture. As they stand, they are the mirror-image of silent movies — sound-only movies.”

The album, called “Small Craft on a Milk Sea”, will be released on 2nd November on three different formats, two of them special editions aimed for luxury-thirsty fans, “Limited Edition Box Set” and “Collectors' Edition Box Set”, both available to pre-order for 70 EUR and 350 EUR respectively. For further details (specifications and photos), visit Eno’s revamped website. Brian Eno - “Small Craft on a Milk Sea”01. Complex Heaven 02. Small Craft on a Milk Sea 03. Flint March 04. Horse 05. 2 Forms of Anger 06. Bone Jump 07. Dust Shuffle 08. Paleosonic 09. Slow Ice, Old Moon 10. Lesser Heaven 11. Calcium Needles 12. Emerald and Stone 13. Written, Forgotten 14. Late Anthropocene

On a different matter, news has been reaching us about a new documentary film still in the making about Brian Eno that apparently will last no less than three hours. While we wait for its arrival, the music documentary film festival In-Edit Beefeater, to be celebrated from 28th October to 7th November in Barcelona) will screen “Brian Eno: Another Green World” (2010), a sober documentary filmed by Nicola Roberts for the BBC which focuses on a mature Eno, working in the recording studio but also discussing science, history and cybernetics with Richard Dawkins and Malcolm Gladwell. Eno and his ideas…

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