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Brian Eno Unveils Title Track From Upcoming Album, ‘The Ship’

Brian Eno - Photo Credit: Shamil Tanna, 2016
Brian Eno – Photo Credit: Shamil Tanna, 2016
Brian Eno’s has unveiled the first music from his forthcoming solo album, “The Ship.” The new album is his first since 2012’s Grammy-nominated LUX.

“The Ship” is the title track, album opener and thematic core of the album.  Running at 21-minutes and built around Eno’s cyclically sung verses, the song builds in ominous drama, snatches of distant voice and creeping electronics.

Eno explains, “The piece started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C – which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song…a type I’ve never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind.”

Listen now at

'The Ship'
‘The Ship’

About The Ship

Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite.  The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalogue.

“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… This album is a succession of interleaved stories. Some of them I know, some of them I’m discovering now in the making of them.”

‘The Ship’ Tracklist:
01. The Ship
02. Fickle Sun (i) Fickle Sun (ii) The Hour Is Thin (iii) I’m Set Free
Total runtime: 47:31

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