"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Rolling Stone NOVEMBER 2012 - by Michael Dwyer
BRIAN ENO: LUX
Another warm bath with the godfather of ambience
If you're pondering the infinitesimal differences between Lux and its many wafting and tinkling predecessors, it's probably working. Eno says it's part of a "music for thinking" thread that began with Discreet Music in 1975, but feel free to mix it with The Pearl (1984) or The Plateaux Of Mirror (1980) without jarring dinner guests from encroaching slumber. The ambient maestro's resonant cavern of slow, watery plunk and hum occurs in twelve six-minute movements across four tracks, transitions signalled by subtle shifts in glassiness and liquidity and other indices only his software knows. Maybe there's some method in the maths. Maybe you can apply it yourself with his Bloom app. Shhh, maybe that's thinking too hard.