Brian Eno Explains “The Ship”

“The Ship” by Brian Eno from Title Track Album:

1. Album Review:

Jonathan K. Dick said “The Ship”: “…exists on a dual plane somewhere just between the lat ’70s work of krautrock icons Popol Vuh and the minimalist keyboard work of Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright” (CoS). iTunes Editor notes Brian Eno’s The Ship as “blend[ing] elusive majesty of Eno’s pioneering ambient music with his boyish, chant-like vocals and spoken-word interludes for a [shifting] journey” through human hubris and paranoia (iTunes).

2. Inside Info to The Ship:

Jeremy Gordon quoted Brian Eno’s album write-up (Pitchfork). Below are Eno’s thoughts on his new work and his motivation for composing The Ship.

“On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.

One of the starting points was my fascination with the First World War, that extraordinary trans-cultural madness that arose out of a clash of hubris between empires. It followed immediately after the sinking of the Titanic, which to me is its analogue. The Titanic was the Unsinkable Ship, the apex of human technical power, set to be Man’s greatest triumph over nature. The First World War was the war of materiel, “over by Christmas,” set to be the triumph of Will and Steel over humanity. The catastrophic failure of each set the stage for a century of dramatic experiments with the relationships between humans and the worlds they make for themselves.

I was thinking of those vast dun Belgian fields where the First World War was agonisingly ground out; and the vast deep ocean where the Titanic sank; and how little difference all that human hope and disappointment made to it. They persist and we pass in a cloud of chatter” (Pitchfork).

3. Album Release:

The Ship released 29 April 2016 and is available on iTunes for $9.99 or $1.29 each for “Fickle Sun (II) The Hour is Thin,” and “Fickle Sun (III) I’m Set Free.” Click HERE to purchase.

Shout to Sources: Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, YouTube, iTunes

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