"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut NOVEMBER 2012 - by Stephen Troussé
ICEBREAKER WITH BJ COLE: APOLLO
Cosmic country subtly recast as chamber music
Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois' landmark ambient release of 1983 was first performed live by the Icebreaker ensemble at the Science Museum in 2009 in an arrangement devised by Woojun Lee, for the fortieth anniversary ofthe Apollo 11 moon landing. This performance now arrives on record just after the death of Neil Armstrong, a fitting epitaph for moonage daydreams. Eno's inspired decision to harness Lanois' pedal steel guitar to evoke the country tastes ofthe astronauts and the weightless glide of cosmic space is perfectly interpreted by BJ Cole, Silver Morning capturing something of the wide-eyed frontier awe of early American landscape painting.