Monday, 4 August 2008
"This groove is out of fashion"
Listen to Strange Overtones - the first, given-away taste of the new Byrne & Eno opus, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today ("our first collaboration in about 30 years").
Of course, it's rich & subtle in many rewarding ways. & it's served to you only after marinading in a bucketload of irony & cleverness.
But to these ears it's also quite disappointingly conservative - more Byrne than Eno, you could say, though that's unfair as the song is quite sharp: it's the music, surprisingly, that for once seems behind the curve ("these beats are 20 years old" is fine as a metaphor, but also is disarmingly accurate)...
Compare with the inspired (& also song-based) Another Day on Earth: more than ever, it seems like Eno's masterpiece of this decade.
ETHWHT is released on August 18.