Brian Eno
Reflection


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
January 2nd, 2017 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The harmony is brighter in the morning.

At this point in time, Brian Eno has nothing left to prove. A long and fruitful career that once began in the art rock/glam hybrid Roxy Music gradually transitioned into a firm reputation as one of the pioneers of ambient music with titles such as Discreet Music, No Pussyfooting, the Ambient series and Thursday Afternoon. Several decades, many art installations, collaborations and albums later, Eno hasn’t reached the twilight of his life at 68. Still seeking to innovate the art form and break new ground, Eno decided to return to the roots of his ambient experiments – to create an endless piece of music. Much like the long-form piece Thursday Afternoon, Reflection is Eno’s attempt at creating a piece of music that would not only be infinite, but would also unfold differently with each listen – “It’s like sitting by a river; it’s always the same river, but it’s always changing.”

To make his intent come to fruition, Eno teamed up with Peter Chilvers to create an app to accurately form the basis for Reflection. To diverge from its original starting point, the app would slowly graduate based on the specific time the listener had the composition running and would adjust itself as time went on, creating a truly endless ambient work. The release here however is more of a grab bag. Not in the sense that it’s just a bunch of the different sounds put together with no purpose, but is an entire new work in itself. Reflection’s LP configuration instead gives the listener a look into what makes the app tick while becoming a work independent from its origin. The title alone gives an idea into what the composition is aiming for with a slowly evolving groundwork that evokes a feeling of introspective reflection. The ebb and flow of the work also somehow manages to make it seem like Reflection is far shorter than it actually is, and for a fifty-four minute long ambient piece with no imminent end whatsoever, that’s quite impressive. Reflection’s truncated form serves a purpose (by promoting Eno’s new app) yet also displays a great restraint that has always been present in some of Eno’s greatest works. The prospect of Reflection being endless doesn’t sound all too bad in consideration to its seamless structure, the reflective mood and the quality of the composition itself. Brian Eno has nothing to prove, yet he still tries to find ways innovate the art form he once pioneered – a reflection on days long past us.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best thing he's done since 2005's Another Day on Earth and 2012's Lux



get on this

Spacesh1p
January 2nd 2017


7717 Comments


Pos, nice review man. Going to check this for sure.

menawati
January 2nd 2017


16587 Comments


So this album is created by an app with some sort of ambient music algorithm ?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is more of a preview of what the app is and gives the endless version of it a more definitive ending.

menawati
January 2nd 2017


16587 Comments


Well it's Eno so worth checking, nice review pos ofc.
Sounds interesting though, maybe an algorithm can produce ambient music indistinguishable from that from a human composer ? (wouldn't be surprised).

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey who knows, but I believe that was Eno and Chilvers' intent to create something not exactly "human"

zaruyache
January 2nd 2017


21656 Comments


will peruse.

Digging: Blue Noise - Everyone Goes Away Eventually

bigsoulja
January 2nd 2017


356 Comments


SPRFanOfBrianEno

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better hurry before he ruins the new sosa for you, sachiel



tick...tock...

bigsoulja
January 2nd 2017


356 Comments


I ain't rushin

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he sure is tho

bigsoulja
January 2nd 2017


356 Comments


CATCH YOU SLIPPIN SCOTTIE PIPPEN ONE PHONE CALL AND YOU HIT

menawati
January 2nd 2017


16587 Comments


What if the app randomly generates a few moments of the most amazing ambientness you have ever heard and it engulfs your senses, creates a yearning emptiness in your soul, just for that moment in time...then it's lost in time forever....like tears in rain

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sachiel - best hide if i don't like that album dude



mena - then the purpose behind the app has been met and you can move on with your existence, duh. or do it again.

bigsoulja
January 2nd 2017


356 Comments


bitch i finna destroy you either way

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

like i said boio, good luck booking a flight to do it



bun b has blessed my soul with everything I need

bigsoulja
January 2nd 2017


356 Comments


yeain't want this miami heat, call me pat riley

dreamgazing
January 2nd 2017


1293 Comments


im sure this is good but what is up with that album cover

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2017


19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

flip phone pic, courtesy of Boost Mobile



where u at

dreamgazing
January 2nd 2017


1293 Comments


i sampled this this morning as in an hour after midnight and it sounded very discreet music-esque as in the mood of the piece is very uniform. is it worth a full listen?



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