MORE DARK THAN SHARK - FEATURE
"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
PANIC OF LOOKING
Brian Eno has followed up producing Coldplay's album Mylo Xyloto with the release of yet another of his own recordings. From the sessions that produced Drums Between The Bells - the acclaimed collaboration between Eno and British poet Rick Holland - comes an all-new EP titled Panic Of Looking.
The six tracks continue the exploration of how lyric and song-writing are perceived in the post-everything era.
As the Sunday Times from the UK suggests, "The poems aren't sung, yet the pieces are undeniably song-like - first, because the music refuses to act simply as background, but lurches frequently, sometimes unexpectedly to the fore - and second, because we hear the meaning of the words in the way we normally pick up song lyrics," while Wired magazine calls Eno's soundscapes, "a tapestry of pillowy synths, minor-key melodies, chiming guitars and skittering drums."
All of these elements come together for the November 8 release of the EP, which was produced by Eno and features his original artwork on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Tracks In The Future / Not A Story / Panic Of Looking / If These Footsteps / Watch A Single Swallow In A Thermal Sky, And Try To Fit Its Motion, Or Figure Why It Flies / West Bay
These song are decidedly not spoken-word, but rather a blend of music and poetry. They manage to tow this line because of Eno's keen ability to create subtle arrangements that never lose our attention even though they waver from the foreground.
Brian Eno: Panic Of Looking - the title-track from his 2011 EP
Selected Reviews: BRIAN ENO: PANIC OF LOOKING by Chris Woolfrey, Consequence Of Sound NOVEMBER 2011 • BRIAN ENO / RICK HOLLAND: PANIC OF LOOKING by Brian Howe, Pitchfork NOVEMBER 2011 • BRIAN ENO (AND THE WORDS OF RICK HOLLAND): PANIC OF LOOKING by David Stubbs, BBC NOVEMBER 2011 • BRIAN ENO & RICK HOLLAND: PANIC OF LOOKING by John Garratt, PopMatters NOVEMBER 2011 • BRIAN ENO / RICK HOLLAND: PANIC OF LOOKING by Dan Lucas, Drowned In Sound NOVEMBER 2011
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