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Brian Eno: Explore climate exchange!

Brian Eno - Foreverandevermore

I played a lot of music by Brian Eno when I was young, and when he comes out with a new album, I’m very excited to see if he can still make good songs. Brian Eno announces solo album Foreverandevermore and here are the track There Where Bells and Eno explore the climate exchange on this song!

There Were Bells was written by Brian Eno for a performance by him and his brother Roger at Unesco World Heritage site, the Acropolis in August 2021. It was 45 degrees in Athens on the day of the concert with wildfires raging just outside the city, prompting his introductory comment “I thought, here we are at the birthplace of Western civilization, probably witnessing the end of it There Were Bells is taken from Eno’s new album Foreverandevermore and provides a poignant reminder of the current climate emergency, a theme that is explored throughout the record.

There Were Bells was originally performed by Brian and Roger Eno, with Leo Abrahams, Cecily Eno and Peter Chilvers at their performance as part of the Epidaurus Festival in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the Acropolis Athens on August 4th 2021. Original footage taken from Brian Eno and Roger Eno: Live at the Acropolis.

Directed by Tilo Krause. DOP – Nico Kutzner. Editor – Steffen Herrmann. Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

LP & digital track list:

Who Gives a Thought

We Let It In

Icarus or Blériot

Garden of Stars

Inclusion

There Were Bells

Sherry

I’m Hardly Me

These Small Noises

Making Gardens Out of Silence

CD track list:

Who Gives a Thought

We Let It In

Icarus or Blériot

Garden of Stars

Inclusion

There Were Bells

Sherry

I’m Hardly Me

These Small Noises

Making gardens out of silence in the uncanny valley

Says, «Like everybody else – except, apparently, most of the governments of the world – I’ve been thinking about our narrowing, precarious future, and this music grew out of those thoughts. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say I’ve been feeling about it… and the music grew out of the feelings. Those of us who share those feelings are aware that the world is changing at a super-rapid rate, and that large parts of it are disappearing forever, hence the album title».

«These aren’t propaganda songs to tell you what to believe and how to act. Instead they’re my own exploration of my own feelings. The hope is that they will invite you, the listener, to share those experiences and explorations».

Says, «I’m more and more convinced that our only hope of saving our planet is if we begin to have different feelings about it: perhaps if we became re-enchanted by the amazing improbability of life; perhaps if we suffered regret and even shame at what we’ve already lost; perhaps if we felt exhilarated by the challenges we face and what might yet become possible. Briefly, we need to fall in love again, but this time with nature, with civilisation and with our hopes for the future».

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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