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Australian Broadcasting Commission JULY 2, 2014 - by David P. Weber
BRIAN ENO/KARL HYDE: SOMEDAY WORLD AND HIGH LIFE
You probably wouldn't be reading this if you don't know who Brian Eno is, and if you don't know, then you should.
Brian Eno and Underworlder Karl Hyde have had an extremely productive time together, finalizing not one but two LPs together.
In Hyde terms, it's like nothing he's ever done before.
Rolling Stone has slagged the LP, saying it sounds nothing better than what a couple of dudes have emailed to each other.
Beauty is in the ear of the beholder.
Don't be put off by the clashy synthetic synths on The Satellites, the LP improves as it goes along.
Daddy's Car features a rhythm seemingly collapsing on itself, a catchy melody rising over it.
Patched harmonies alternate with whispered vocals; the emergent Who Rings The Bell is quite lovely.
The deluxe edition features four more excellent tracks.
Repetitive African rhythms clash with techno inserts and sonic blasts.
What's happening here makes you go back to Someday World and dig with your ears, you'll find there are similarly thrilling musical motifs buried on the poppier LP.
It's as if that middle territory which separates West African jams with modern techno is being explored.
It's danceable, but only for very cool people.
Only you know.