The Drums Between The Bells
The name Brian Eno hovers large above any form of pop or dance music that attempts to think outside the square. There is the mainstream Brian Eno (producer for U2 and now Coldplay) and there is the artist Brian Eno, as busy creating installations and exhibiting photos as he is making albums.
But The Drums Between The Bells is Eno’s second album in a year and suggests he has recovered the urge – as much as the muse – to make music under his own name. Here it is a collaboration with poet Rick Holland.
The words are set to a mixture of ambient moods and textures, from hip-hop’s bounce to bits of rock, trance and what is nearly dubstep. The words ponder the present as tense; suggest the future to be something we’re currently living through. And Eno represents the words by allowing Holland to speak some of them, by half-singing some of them himself and by recruiting several non-musicians to be involved. Eno recommends you listen to the album on shuffle. It’s a clever project – and one that is actually surprisingly easy to dive in to in a listening sense. Recommended.