INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Uncut APRIL 2005 - by David Stubbs
BRIAN ENO: MUSIC FOR FILMS / MORE MUSIC FOR FILMS / APOLLO / THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Further remasters from ambient forefather's back catalogue.
Released in 1978, Music For Films was considered a charming but incidental footnote, peripheral to punk and disco. Today these fleeting instrumental water-colours, with their visual approach to sound-making, are a vital reference point for modern studio-dwellers. More Music For Films, culled from reject takes and a 1983 sequel album, features more tentative cuts, but even Eno's second-rank fare outranks that of most others. Apollo (1985), recorded with Daniel Lanois, doesn't suffer for its literalism; benign, awe-struck, remote, homesick in deep space. Thursday Afternoon (1985), a single hour-long piece, is again magnificently evocative of the idle tranquility and melancholy its title somehow implies.