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Q MARCH 2017 - by David Quantick
BRIAN ENO: REFLECTION
One-track atmospherics from ambient guru.
As Eno reminds us in the longest press statement since the Treaty Of Versailles, he has been making records like this - ambient, or generative, music designed for listening or not listening - since 1975's Discreet Music. Certainly Reflection fits in that tradition beautifully. Its textures are particularly reminiscent of 1992's The Shutov Assembly, although that album was a collection of shorter tracks, and Reflection is a full hour long. Its title and front cover (a shot of Eno looking reflective, possibly in a mirror) may mean everything or nothing, given that the music was programmed to make itself, but with its echoing keyboard notes, glass-edge sounds, and, unusually, bouts of whistling, it's an atmospheric and absorbing piece, a deep, dark pool of music.