INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Uncut JUNE 2016 - by John Mulvey
BRIAN ENO: THE SHIP
Ambient 5: At Sea? It's been five years since Eno last worked with either Coldplay or U2, and, perhaps unencumbered, his own solo career has taken a concurrent upturn. 2012's Lux stands as one of his finest environmental pieces, and now The Ship successfully combines - surprisingly for the first time - his ambient and song-based work. Though Eno denies it on page 27, Gavin Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic is a clear antecedent for these grave meditations on war and sea; micro-detailed, ebbing constructs that have significant cumulative force. He's rarely sung better, too. A cover of the Velvets' I'm Set Free exposes the song's innate spirituality, joining the dots between Eno's art-rock roots and his latterday private obsession with gospel music.