The Double LP "The Ship" is Enos first solo record since 2012s Grammy-nominated LUX. 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. The album opens with the 21-minute eponymously titled The Ship on which Enos cyclically sung sea-chant builds in ominous drama, followed by Fickle Sun, a song in three movements. The first continues where The Ship left but with Enos voice sounding more upfront, determined, even despairing.
The albums finale is a Lou Reed penned cover of The Velvet Undergrounds Im Set Free, a band who were famously credited by Eno as the inspiration behind his early music explorations as an art student.
"Humankind seems to teeter between hubris and paranoia: the hubris of our ever-growing power contrasts with the paranoia that we're permanently and increasingly under threat. At the zenith we realize we have to come down again...we know that we have more than we deserve or can defend, so we become nervous. Somebody, something is going to take it all from us: that is the dread of the wealthy. Paranoia leads to defensiveness, and we all end up in the trenches facing each other across the mud." - Brian Eno
1. The Ship
2. Fickle Sun
i. Fickle Sun
ii. The Hour Is Thin
iii. I'm Set Free