Tag Archives: Brian Eno

Weekly Vinyl – Pussyfooting

2 Oct

No Pussyfooting
Robert Fripp & Brian Eno
(1973)
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This is supposed to be ambient music but is it really? The music challenges the listener. It beacons them and then forces them away.
It is rather brilliant. If you are in the right frame of mind it will carry you away on a transcendental wave of soothing music. Listen to it the next day when you are busy or just not in the mood – it will annoy and confuse.
The cover photo of Eno and Fripp sitting in a mirrored room is indicative of the music on the album. Using tape loops – two reel-to-reel tape recorders on recording and one playing – Eno was able to create powerful loops using Fripp’s unique guitar playing and some synths.
I’m writing this and have the album playing – it jumps from background to the foreground quite easily and I find myself lost in a reverie and floating with the music … and not writing.
Fantastic.

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Weekly Vinyl – Warm Jets

21 Dec

Here come the warm jets
Brian Eno
(1973)
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From the first sounds to the last note, this album is fantastic.
The music falls between pop, rock, experimental, alternative…
It is exquisitely unique. Each song is connected by this uniqueness. Each song sounds completely different in mood and tone than the others yet somehow sounds like it belongs on this album.
There is no mistaking that this album is from the early 1970s because of the raw guitar sounds, lack of overreaching synthesizers, no autotune (you hear the real voice) and simple but effective production. It is an album from the 70s but it is not dated – the music is fantastic.

Find it, buy it, enjoy it.

Weekly Vinyl – Before and after Science

19 Apr

Before and after Science
Brian Eno
(1977)
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I have no idea what happened to this album. When I took it out of the sleeve it was stuck to the plastic insert. Did the plastic melt? Did some sticky sweet liquid infiltrate the album and cause this mess? A flashback memory hit me and I saw my mom washing records and having them drip dry in the drying rack. I shook my head got the record cleaner out, carefully cleaned the album and let it spin.
Oh boy, that didn’t work too well. The sound was horrible and the needle was slipping around. Yes. I washed the record with very mild some and lukewarm water. No. I did not leave it in the drying rack to drip dry.
Now that the record is playing normally IO can concentrate on the music. There is earnestness to Brian Eno’s music especially when he is singing. His voice has this deliberate melodic charm, which is quite unique. This is a calming record even when it does try to take it up a notch, like in the song Backwater, there is a subdued intensity. The songs are exquisitely crafted. No wonder he is such a fine producer. This was one of the albums that introduced me to Brian Eno. It is a fine example of this artists work.