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Elsewhere NOVEMBER 8, 2010 - by Graham Reid
BRIAN ENO: SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
In the early '70s the ambient albums by Brian Eno - sometimes soundtracks for quiet, imagined films - ushered in a kind of intelligent ambient music and the music on his Obscure label brought people like Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman and others to a wider audience than they might have otherwise enjoyed.
Among his followers has been English producer Jon Hopkins who worked with Eno on the last Coldplay album. And for this album -in a title that is pure Eno - they team up again (with longtime Hopkins and Eno-collaborator Leo Abrahams) to create something which could have come from Eno's catalogue thirty-five years ago.
Here is that same sense of ambient understatement, gently moving passages of synths and keyboard lines which emerge and fade, titles such as Complex Heaven, Dust Shuffle, Lesser Heaven, Slow Ice, Old Moon, Written, Forgotten...
Only in a few place (Flint March, Horse and 2 Forms Of Anger with their electrobeats, Paleosonic with its guitar riff) does anything deliberately grab your attention or set the pulse racing.
Eno says they come from studio improvisation (his working method in this idiom) and that they "sound-only movies".
If Music For Films appealed - and it was music that strove not to put you off - then this is for you.