"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Relix NOVEMBER 12, 2012 - by Jesse Jarnow
BRIAN ENO: LUX
Wait for the rain - or a nice rustling of the leaves, maybe a muted snowfall - and listen to Brian Eno's Lux. Originally composed as a spatial installation for (and primarily composed inside) the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Italy and titled Twelve Seasons, the seventy-five-minute recorded iteration returns the illustrious Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno to the kind of spacious ambient composition that the British maverick virtually invented on late '70s recordings like Music For Airports. Eno's glacial piano melody and delicate treatments unfold and transform, a refracted image of the light-filled gallery itself. Like the best of Eno's ambient works, Lux is simultaneously a fully realized composition and a portable world unto itself, best played in gentle concert with (and adding sublime order to) its surroundings, be they a headphoneabetted commute, an autumn storm or even an airport.