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Mojo OCTOBER 2016 - by David Sheppard
DANIEL LANOIS: GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE
Sometime U2 and Bob Dylan producer's beguiling pedal steel tone poems.
Daniel Lanois is the man who successfully introduced drum machines to the Bob Dylan oeuvre (on Oh Mercy), proof positive of a rare facility for putting technology to the service of 'organic' music-making. A multi-instrumentalist, Lanois' own albums often make judicious use of slide guitar and here, aided by lap steel player Rocco Deluca, he teases out a series of richly textured, ambient instrumentals from pedal steel guitar. Deploying a variety of effects (including copious tape reverse and miasmic delays), Lanois conjures a veritable sonic mood board, with tracks like opener Low Sudden proffering the same majestic chordal clouds he lent to Brian Eno's celestial Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks album, while Three Hills is all crystalline glissando shimmers and Heavy Sun, with its semi-industrial drones, might have fallen off an early David Lynch soundtrack.
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