Brian's sibling releases 2nd album in 6 mths
Mar 02, 2006 18:46 PST
Roger Eno's full-length collaboration with Will Thomas aka Plumbline,
entitled 'Transparencies', was released on February 27 (2006).
The duo attempted many exciting recording techniques to get interesting
aural qualities: many sounds and melodies were recorded in buildings, churches
and Roger's living room in the English countryside of Suffolk, before Will took
them back to New York to tweak, manipulate and expand into full tracks.
Roger plays harmonium, piano, organ and accordion and Will provides signature
rhythms and tones.
Whereas "Fragile (Music)" involved the digital removal of notes to produce a
sparse and minimalist recording, this project involved the opposite approach
of "joining the dots" and building up a layered soundscape with "transparent
complexities". And Roger and Will have taken the sound field idea quite
literally by capturing incidental sounds of church bells, clicking clocks and
passing cars as they recorded in some of Britain's most beautiful pastoral
Roger then added simple yet compelling melodies played on harmonium, organ,
piano, and accordion. The track ‘Adaptation’ features the sound of church
bells transformed into melody and mixed with succinct, reverberated piano hits.
On other tracks, such as ‘A Few Streets Away’ and in ‘With Insight’,
chords were treated to create hypnotic drones, while on ‘Every So Often’ Roger's
piano melodies have been left to stand alone; at times, letting the sounds of
cars and local ambience rest quietly in the background.
Release by Hydrogen Dukebox, who say, "This is without doubt the strongest
album we have released for years and is a beautiful, listenable cinematic