"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Q DECEMBER 2000 - by Dave Henderson
From 1980 and the heyday of Eno's ambient school of wallpaper music, his and Budd's The Plateaux Of Mirror comprises numerous piano sketches which rumble and tumble with added potency on CD. Considered and uncluttered, the effects are exquisite. The Pearl, originally released in 1984, was the second collaboration between Eno and Budd and it saw a further deepening of their already subtle sound. Built on treated piano, The Pearl's 11particles are seasoned with neo-orchestral, almost choral soundwaves. The earlier hesitant melodies are replaced by a numbing whine, where notes aren't quite complete and vibrations seem to emnanate from nowhere. Something like the sound of slow motion cocktail jazz through a padded wall and earmuffs, The Pearl is a jewel worth relaxing with.