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CD: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - Someday World | reviews, news & interviews

CD: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - Someday World

CD: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - Someday World

An unlikely marriage made in heaven

Cover art by Eno

Brian Eno is a born collaborator as well as a highly esteemed producer. He is one of those musicians with a strong personal signature but who work with a minimum of ego.  Branded as an egghead – a barbed label which reflects as much as anything a deeply British mistrust of intelligence – Eno might seem an unlikely partner for Underworld’s Karl Hyde. But he’s, among other things, a lover of intricate rhythmic patterns – a love first revealed in the groundbreaking collaboration with David Byrne, My Life in a Bush of Ghosts, as well as a fan gospel's inspirational vibrancy.  Both these enthusiasms can be detected in an album that is made for dancing and pumps out high energy feeling, even when tempered with a tinge of melancholia.

And Karl Hyde, although his 2012 solo album, “Edgeland” produced by Eno-cohort Leo Abrahams, was characterised by unexpected introversion, has collaborated in producing some of the most memorably ecstatic British dance music, not least  the theme-song of the Trainspotting generation, “Born Slippy. NUXX”.

Most of the tracks on the album, written by Eno and Hyde, are up-tempo, displaying a deftly constructed warp and weft of textures that build towards heart-warming waves of almost symphonic sound. There’s much that feels anthemic here – those exhilarating peaks that follow gentle troughs, bursts of joyous extroversion coming after more introspective and calming lulls.   At the opening of a song like “Who Rings the Bell”, there are echoes of Coldplay – perhaps because of the presence of the band’s drummer, Will Champion, but more likely because Eno, who has produced them, clearly shares an almost romantic  - and very English – sensibility.

On “Daddy’s Car”, as well as on a number of other tracks, the polyrhythms  suggest Afro-Beat – helped along by percussion from Chris Vatalaro of the Brooklyn band Antibalas, masters of the genre.  The stand-out track is probably “Who Built This World”, a song in which the emotional temperature rises inexorably from cold edginess to a warm feel-good rush.  There are moments when the echo-laden, multi-track vocals, a familiar Eno production trope, feel a little relentless, but overall, this is a hugely enjoyable album that should please fans of Brian Eno as much as those of Underworld.

There’s much that feels anthemic here – those exhilarating peaks that follow gentle troughs

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