Electronic pioneer and legendary producer Brian Eno recently announced that his forthcoming full-length solo studio LP, The Ship, is due out April 29th via Warp Records. Now, the UK artist has shared the 21-minute ambient title track off the new album. Stream "The Ship" here.
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The myriad experimental, avant-garde electronic artists and genres Eno helped influence permeate the minimal, atmospheric new track. It notably features the artist's first vocal appearance since 2005, Dancing Astronaut reports. They kick in around the six-minute mark.
Eno, an acclaimed artist in many mediums, explained in a press statement: "the piece started as an Ambient work intended for a multichannel 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," Brooklyn Vegan reports.
He added: "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."
The Ship consists of just two really long songs. Eno explained in a press statement that the 2-part album is based on "experiments with three dimensional recording techniques" and "as much musical novel as traditional album," Fact reports.
The other half of the forthcoming album is "Fickle Sun," a tripartite composition featuring the British actor Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) reading a poem written by a Markov chain generator based on the prompt: "accounts of the sinking of the Titanic, some First World War soldiers songs, various bits of cyber-bureaucracy and warnings about hacking," Consequence of Sound reports.
"Fickle Sun" ends with a cover of The Velvet Underground's Lou Reed-penned song "I'm Set Free."