"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Irish Times JULY 1, 2011 - by Kevin Courtney
BRIAN ENO (WITH THE WORDS OF RICK HOLLAND)
What poet wouldn't relish hearing their compositions filtered through Brian Eno's unique sonic prism? The lucky wordsmith here is Rick Holland, who Eno first encountered in the late 1990s and began making music with in 2003. Holland's clipped, almost concrete poetry is well matched with Eno's blend of ambient sound and pulsing electronica. The poems are recited by an ensemble cast, and though the mood is downbeat, there's food for thought and even a few titbits for the soul. The robotic rhythm and vocals of Glitch sounds like an artier version of Air, with better lyrics, while The Real revisits Eno's Music For Airports approach to ask a question every Facebook subscriber should consider. The Airman gets lost on a ghostly repeated loop, while A Title employs an ambient spaghetti western theme to assert that life is nothing like a movie.