On this week’s notable releases, pianist Tom Rogerson debuts with a ravishing Brian Eno collaboration, and Belle & Sebastian’s EP collection begins by wanting backward.
Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno, Discovering Shore
Brian Eno would in all probability be the primary to say that the design behind his albums can usually be extra fascinating than the music. His first purely ambient work, 1975’s Discreet Music, notably featured a schematic of the gear he used to create it; on his most up-to-date, 2017’s Reflection, he pressured the “generative” properties of permitting the programs he’s devised to unfold naturally, eradicating himself from the method nearly utterly. Discovering Shore, his new collaborative album with pianist Tom Rogerson, has an equally fascinating blueprint: Rogerson’s piano keys have been overlaid with infrared sensors that have been set as much as set off classic Moog gear, creating new tones that Eno may fiddle with and improvise round. Right here the self-proclaimed “non-musician” as soon as once more acts as conduit for the movement of Rogerson’s concepts, and if the precise product doesn’t all the time measure as much as that quirky ingenuity—or whether it is, on the entire, only a contact too chamber-music stately to achieve the mind-expanding heights of Eno’s ’70s and ’80s team-ups with Robert Fripp, Cluster, Harold Budd, et al.—Discovering Shore nonetheless incorporates moments which can be lots fascinating, even downright lovely. In these, it doesn’t actually matter how they have been created.
RIYL: Olafur Arnalds. Nils Frahm. Speaking for hours about analog synthesizers.
Begin right here: “Movement In Discipline” options essentially the most evenhanded distribution of their work, with Rogerson’s sprightly runs tastefully augmented by Eno’s laser-synth pulses. [Sean O’Neal]
Belle & Sebastian, How To Remedy Our Human Issues (Half 1)
What stands out concerning the first entry in Belle & Sebastian’s three-part EP collection How To Remedy Our Human Issues is how a lot it, like 2015’s Women In Peacetime Need To Dance, sounds just like the work of an out-and-out band. Recorded at a leisurely tempo and with a minimal of fuss, How To Remedy Our Human Issues (Half 1) finds the members of Belle & Sebastian vamping as often as they’re weaving tales of the painfully shy and tragically literate, completed right here with threads of “What if?” on opening observe “Candy Dew Lee” and coloured by sundown within the Sarah Martin-led “Fickle Season.” “The whole lot Is Now” places issues within the current tense, however the spirit of the EP is wrapped up in “Fickle Season,” a throwback to traditional slow-burners like “You Made Me Neglect My Desires.” How To Remedy Our Human Issues begins by wanting again with a view to transfer ahead.
RIYL: Dancing whereas reminiscing. A lyric sheet with a minimum of one good Trump takedown. The polished pop band Belle & Sebastian has been for longer than the self-effacing twee darlings they have been.
Begin right here: The late-dawning, breakbeat-using digital renaissance of “We Have been Lovely,” a traditional Stuart Murdoch commentary produced from a perspective skilled and smart sufficient to recollect the place its rhythmic inspirations come from. [Erik Adams]