Well this is certainly heavy in the awesome. The fine folks over at NPR are now streaming Brian Eno's latest album Small Craft On A Milk Sea up until it's November 2nd release. It's never really easy to describe an Eno album, so let's hear it straight from the man's mouth.
''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.''
There's like six pretty awesome album titles in that description but I guess someone was craving some dairy. The NPR article goes a little bit more in depth to how Eno met guitarist Leo Abrahams with the latter claiming Eno "was happy I wasn't playing 'Stairway to Heaven' with the amp turned up to 11. (So) he invited me to play on his album." Wait a minute, I thought playing Stairway at 11 was standard protocol for meeting musical luminaries. So not playing Stairway works? Here I am like a fool honing up on my Stairway intro, getting ready to make a trip to Guitar Center. I guess I better freshen up my Aqualung.