Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Strange Overtones

Song: Strange Overtones
Artist: Brian Eno & David Byrne
Album: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Hot off the heals of producing Coldplay’s excellent new album, Brian Eno re-connects with ex-Talking Heads lead David Byne for their second collaboration, an “electronic gospel” record entitled “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” Their last record, 1981’s “My Life With the Bush of Ghosts,” was a critically lauded experimental record that I really didn’t care for much. “Everything” proves to be nothing like that collaboration and just after two days of listening, I am hooked.

The songs are much more straight-forward in their construction as compared to “Bush of Ghosts” and sonically they range from folktronica to country. Byrne’s singing is clear and very pretty on all of the tracks, and in a way the whole enterprise feels like what a Talking Heads record might sound like now if they had never split. There is also an optimism to the album as well, much needed in these terrifying times.

Apparently the labor in the creation of the record was divided pretty evenly with Eno making the music, and Byrne providing the words and vocals. It’s a beautiful, exciting record, that is certainly still growing on me. If you’re a fan of either of these two music titans by all means pick this record up. It’s available in a variety of formats, and is self released. The entire record can be heard on the website created for the album, where you can also purchase it. But they have also been nice enough to create a player to stream the entire album which you can do right here:

This is a very exciting record… take a listen!


Strange Overtones

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