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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Spin APRIL 19, 2011 - by Peter Gaston
BRIAN ENO COLLABORATES WITH POET ON NEW ALBUM
On the track, the duo enlisted a Polish man called Grazyna Goworek to read Holland's lyrics, and his thick accent, when touched by Eno's usual studio wizardry, sounds like HAL from 2001, if he were programmed in the Eastern Bloc.
Underneath the spoken word performance, the track builds from a minimal array of acoustic drums and soothing keyboard swells. At the one-minute twenty-seven-second mark, the whole soundscape inverts, like it's being sucked into a vacuum. Goworek's voice turns more metallic, and a staccato barrage of digital pulses takes over. Think the jazz-hop film scores of David Holmes (Out Of Sight, Ocean's Eleven) married with the electronic edge of Underworld.
Eno and Holland first collaborated in the '90s, then again in 2003, but neither of those efforts resulted in any recorded material that was released to the public. This new album was recorded earlier this year, and it'll be released as a CD, digital download, twelve-inch double-vinyl, and a hardback two-CD edition with a forty-four-page book and instrumental versions of all fifteen tracks.