Dust of Stars
Painted World Music
Roger Eno – the Mike McGear of Ambient Music? The Pat McEnroe of line calls? It’s a churlish chap that mocks this master pianist, I reckon. He’s not only been involved in some of his brother’s great recordings, he has made plenty of his own. Laugh if you want, about the younger Eno making ambient music too. But that’s missing the point somewhat. Particularly given that in recent years he’s upped his release rate, Dust of Stars the latest to arrive, and by Roger Eno standards it’s here rather swiftly on the heels of 2017’s This Floating World.
The filmic nature of his music is so clear, even in his non-soundtrack work, here we have moments that could score the (creeping) rise of the Slow TV Movement (Raising of Lazarus) and pieces that have a light jazz touch to them, such as the title track – which wouldn’t be out of place in a Mike Figgis movie.
We open with Moonlight Drive, its moody atmospherics a reminder of Roger’s work with brother Brian and Daniel Lanois. From there it’s to straight piano pieces (Diamond in the Tiles) and the Keith Jarrett-meets-David Gilmour ambience of Salty Tears (another contender for a Figgis film score).
It’s a lovely set of late-night reveries, of early morning meanderings – perfect background music for your work or your walk, the sort of music that takes you places even when you’re lucky enough to be sitting perfectly still. A contemplative set of piano-based pieces. I sometimes feel sorry for Roger Eno, ambient musician, working in the same field as his big brother, the most famous exponent of – and ‘creator’ of – ambient music. And then I listen to Roger Eno again. And remember he’s doing just fine!
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