Brian Eno: Reflection (Warp/Rhythmethod)

 |   |  1 min read

Brian Eno: Reflection (Warp/Rhythmethod)

Funny story for you. When I bought my first CD player there were only about five discs in Marbecks you could actually purchase. This must have been about 1985 because one of them was by Brian Eno whose early solo albums post-Roxy Music I had loved, and his Apollo from a couple of years previous was on repeat play.

So, passing lightly over Dire Straits and whatever the other few offering were, I bought Eno's Thursday Afternoon and took it home with my brand new piece of technology.

I set it all up as per the instructions and with great expectation banged in Thursday Afternoon and . . .

Nothing.

Not a sound.

CD technology was brilliant, it rendered no sound with absolute clarity.

I tinkered and tinkered and finally clicked . . . the hour-long Thursday Afternoon required patience and headphones. Because it starts with nothing, no sound, and then very discreetly in the headphones there were soft and distant low noises from synths. By about 10 minutes in there it was, Eno's Thursday Afternoon . . . an album which I have rarely played since.

(Next up was a Chick Corea album which just leapt out of the speaker and vindicated my investment with its clarity and separation.)

So we approach Eno's new album launched this very day with some enjoyable trepidation: it is a single 54 minute piece and its very title suggests quiet if not silence.

But the good news is there are sounds right at the start so you know it's there.

Very much in line with his ambient philosophy – “Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is enjoyable_-- Reflection is most as still as quiet pond with the few notes, gentle chimes and soft horn-like sounds from the synths evaporating before your ears. Notes enjoy long fades and sustains.

Very little happens to excite the pulse and this is the point of this.

It is at rest.

After the lousy 2016 – which most people seem to agree was a bad one on a personal and global scale – Reflection is a gentle way to start a new year . . . and to reflect.

Because this is one continuous piece Elsewhere won't post a sample track, and although this album isn't currently on Spotify it is available -- when business resumes -- through Rhythmethod in New Zealand (or on an iTunes download).

For much more on Brian Eno at Elsewhere start here

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Kurt Shanks: Blood Line Heart (Plus1/Aeroplane)

Kurt Shanks: Blood Line Heart (Plus1/Aeroplane)

At a crucial point in the lovely Auckland-located ballad These Are The Days, the mood drops, hooking you with intimacy, and Kurt Shanks speak-sings, “No, I don't desire any sales pitch... > Read more

Little Willies: For the Good Times (Milking Bull/EMI)

Little Willies: For the Good Times (Milking Bull/EMI)

You'd be entitled to wonder if Norah Jones wasn't in Little Willies, would mainstream reviewers who seldom touch country music at any other time be quite so interested in this group from New York?... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

10 SOMEWHAT RARE REGGAE ALBUMS I'M PROUD TO OWN (2107): Some ire feelings from iStory

10 SOMEWHAT RARE REGGAE ALBUMS I'M PROUD TO OWN (2107): Some ire feelings from iStory

Strange as it may seem, reggae albums – and some pretty rare ones – were not that difficult to find in New Zealand from the late Seventies and throughout the Eighties. British... > Read more

SON OF A LION, a film by BENJAMIN GILMOUR (Madman DVD)

SON OF A LION, a film by BENJAMIN GILMOUR (Madman DVD)

Although the ending of this award-winning film by first time writer-director Gilmour from Australia is something of a cop-out, that takes nothing away from the story and all that is told... > Read more