Trailblazer Englishman, Brian Eno announces his upcoming album, Reflection, release date. Mark your calendar (or buy a new one) because Eno has decided to release his newest album on January 1st, 2017.
Taking the plunge into the year 2017, Eno is tantalizing his listeners through a one track, 54-minute psychological experience. Eno discusses his musical choices and explains that there are two types of musicians. One in which is a “farmer”; the categorical musician whom “settle a piece of land and cultivate it carefully, finding more and more value in it.” Versus what he used categorize himself as, a “cowboy”, which he describes as, “Look for new places and are excited by the sheer fact of discovery, and the freedom of being somewhere that not many people have been before.” When mentioning that in previous years he would describe his self as a cowboy but now refers to his self as a farmer, Eno is acknowledging that his upcoming album release has been something he has been cultivating for years and is now (almost) ready to release it to the public eye. On the contrary, maybe, he previously self-described himself as a cowboy because he was always on the prowl, looking for something better to release to the public. A young pioneer expanding his mind through developing a broad musical career.
Furthermore, Eno begins his discussion on the upcoming album, Reflection, by humorously becoming the bishop of banter about how long he has been cultivating this album. He jokingly explains that there was no point in time where he officially started this album. Eno states, “It started (as far as record releases are concerned with Discreet Music in 1975 (or did it start with the first Fripp and Eno album in 1973? Or did it start with the first original piece of music I ever made, at Ipswich Art School in 1965- recordings of a metal lampshade slowed down to half and quarter speed, all overlaid?)” Ultimately, he has no idea when he officially started working on his latest venture. But, we can conclude it started decades ago!
Projecting into the New Year, Eno discusses his music style and approach to the album,
“Anyway, it’s the music that I later called ‘Ambient’. I don’t think I understand what that term stands for anymore – it seems to have swollen to accommodate some quite unexpected bedfellows – but I still use it to distinguish it from pieces of music that have fixed duration and rhythmically connected, locked together elements.
The pedigree of this piece includes Thursday Afternoon, Neroli… and LUX. I’ve made a lot of thinking music, but most of it I’ve kept for myself. Now I notice that people are using some of those earlier records in the way that I use them – as provocative spaces for thinking – so I feel more inclined to make them public.”