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Small Craft on a Milk Sea by Brian Eno

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'The work in this collection is a result of an occasional collaboration between myself, Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The two of them are gifted young player/composers whose work, like mine, is intimately connected to the possibilities and freedoms of electronic music.

Over the last few years we've worked together several times, enjoying exploring the huge new sonic territories now available to musicians. Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from 'composition' in the classical sense, but from improvisation. The improvisations are not attempts to end up with a song, but rather with a landscape, a feeling of a place and perhaps the suggestion of an event.

In a sense they deliberately lack 'personality': there is no singer, no narrator, no guide as to what you ought to be feeling. If these pieces had been used in films, the film would complete the picture. As they stand, they are the mirror-image of silent movies - sound-only movies.

Track Listings:
    1. Emerald And Lime 3:02
    2. Complex Heaven 3:05
    3. Small Craft On A Milk Sea 1:48
    4. Flint March 1:55
    5. Horse 3:01
    6. 2 Forms Of Anger 3:15
    7. Bone Jump 2:22
    8. Dust Shuffle 1:54
    9. Paleosonic 4:25
    10. Slow Ice, Old Moon 3:25
    11. Lesser Heaven 3:20
    12. Calcium Needles 3:24
    13. Emerald And Stone 2:12
    14. Written, Forgotten 3:55
    15. Late Anthropocene 7:54
Total Time: 48:56
Artist Name(s):
Brian Eno - Computers
Leo Abrahams - Guitar, Laptop, Idiophone
Jon Hopkins - Piano, Keyboards, Electronics
Jez Wiles - Percussion (tracks: 4 to 6, 8)
Brian Eno
Release Year: 2010
Dark, Drone, Electroacoustic, Minimal
Album Type:
Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Mastering: Leo Abrahams, The Soundmasters
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Warp Records
Catalog Number(s):
Opal Music
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Jack Hertz

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An Eno album all the way, but he does allow Abrahams and Hopkins to shine through at times. This would be a great album if we haven't been taken to these places so many times before by Mr Eno. There are hints of his many albums all over these tracks. Not a bad thing, but its starting to feel like Brian has few tricks in his bag. Still, there are some solid gems on this album such as "2 Forms of Anger" and "Calcium Needles" that add new sounds to Eno's vast sonic canvas.

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