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Brian Eno
Lux - WARP
FILTER Grade: 78%

By Adam Pollock on November 14, 2012

 

Brian Eno

The master minimalist may have outdone himself. Eno’s composition, presented in four parts all named, minimally, “Lux,” and delineated as “1,” “2,” “3” and “4,” add up to an hour-plus slow-moving soundscape of piano, loops and keyboards that oftentimes borders on the ephemeral. Information about the release is just as nominal; Lux “evolved from artwork housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy,” but doesn’t specify which pieces, or how said tunes evolved. The history of musicians influenced by other art forms is certainly significant, and the leading disciple of that mindset could arguably be frequent Eno collaborator David Bowie, but where Bowie wore his influences in full view, Eno has chosen, at least in this instance, to be obtuse. The music is nice enough, beautiful in parts, and will set a perfect mood for those who can slow down long enough to take it all in.

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