Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brian Eno: Lux (2012)



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So, yeah, this is exactly what you expect it to be; even the cover art is sort of a brightened-up museum version of Discreet Music, and so it is that this collection of pieces Eno installed in museums and, yes, airports is ideal for setting a mood and commanding a kind of relaxed background conversation. It plays things safer than Music for Airports or Apollo but shows no less taste and intelligence, and has quite the capacity for sapping tension and urgency away in favor of a coolheaded calm. Throughout the eighty minutes, separated into four quadrants, the tones seldom travel above or below a few repeated notes, so the trickery and fascination is all in the nature and pattern of that repetition, and much of those pleasures are subsconscious.

There's not a lot else to say about this -- if you like Eno's ambient work at all, for heaven's sake don't waste time picking it up, as it's certainly a return to form in such respects -- but I must quickly add that I once underestimated how much I appreciated Eno for giving his pure ambient creations names like "1/2" and "Lux 3" and "Inland Sea" instead of, say, "List of tallest buildings in the Inland Empire, Mark I: A Tale of Debt Arbitration" or "United States House of Representatives elections, 1898 (Wight Pusher Seaplane)."

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