Monday, November 12, 2007

By This River

In a catalogue strewn with offbeat electronic experimentations, avant-garde ambient soundscapes and spooky world-beat set pieces, veteran prog-rocker Brian Eno's "By This River" is an island of sonic tranquillity that is striking in its relatively straightforward application of commonplace pop aesthetics. Backed by the surprising aid of veteran Kraut-rock exponents Cluster, Eno has created a stately, downbeat elegy that, while boasting none of the wild, improvisatory concepts that informs most of his other works, does possess a certain pastoral charm of its own, manifested in the carefully shaded synth arpeggios, modulated drones and low-key vocalisation. Check out this piece of auditory calmness here, set to a surreal, impressionistic video clip comprising nature-inspired imagery.


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