Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK
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Uncut MAY 2024 - by Michael Bonner

BRIAN ENO: ENO OST

Soundtrack with unreleased songs

A rare pause of reflection for the forward-looking Eno, this soundtrack to Gary Hustwit's upcoming documentary is an effective career-primer, which leans heavily on Eno's collaborations (Cluster, Cale, Lanois, Byrne... Fred Again) and his vocal work (Third Uncle, Sky Saw, Stiff), which has been resurgent since 2016's The Ship. The set also comes with three unreleased songs - an exquisite version of By This River recorded at the Acropolis in 2021 with brother Roger on piano, a jittery instrumental Lighthouse #429 taken from Eno's Sonos radio station The Lighthouse and All I Remember. Written for the film, the latter finds Eno referencing his childhood on the Suffolk coast; formative influences Ketty Lester, Dee Clark, Bobby Vee; "the flurry of gnats in a meadow, sunset 1963". Evidently taking instruction from an Oblique Strategies card - "Retrace your steps" - it's a moving meditation on the elusiveness of memory - "just solitary firework flashes over a fathomless sea".


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