Brian Eno announces his first solo album in five years

Brian Eno

Brian Eno
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After a five-year hiatus, ambient pioneer Brian Eno returns with a new solo album, ForeverAndEverMore. Along with announcing the new 10-song project, Eno also shared the first single from the new album, “there were bells.”

According to a press release, will grapple with the growing threat of climate change, as well as the continued inaction of international governments in the fight against global warming. This is Eno’s first album since 2017. Reflectionand the first since 2005 another day on earth where his voice figures prominently on the majority of the tracks.

“Like everyone-except, apparently, most of the world’s governments—I thought about our shrunken and precarious future, and this music was born out of those thoughts,” Eno shares of the album. “Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I felt that…and the music was born out of those feelings. Those of us who share these sentiments are aware that the world is changing at a lightning-fast rate, and large parts of it are disappearing forever…hence the title of the album. These are not propaganda songs to tell you what to believe and how to act. Instead, they are my own exploration of my own feelings.

“There were bells”, was recorded by Eno in preparation for his 2021 performance at the Acropolis in Athens – at the time, his first performance in eleven years. Another new song he performed at this concert, “Garden Of Stars”, will also appear on the album.

Eno concludes his statement on the new project with a thesis emphasizing life, love and reciprocity. He writes: “I am increasingly convinced that our only hope of saving our planet is if we start to have different feelings about it: perhaps if we become reenchanted with the amazing improbability of life; perhaps if we suffered regret and even shame for what we have already lost; perhaps if we felt exhilarated by the challenges we face and what might yet become possible. In short, we must fall in love again, but this time with nature, civilization and our hopes for the future.

ForeverAndEverMore will be released on October 14 this year. See the full track listings for the digital and CD releases below:

ForeverAndEverNoPlus LP and digital track listing

1. Who gives a thought

2. We let him in

3. Icarus or Blériot

4. Star Garden

5. Include

6. There were bells

7. Sherry

8. I am not me

9. Those little noises

10. Make gardens of silence

ForeverAndEverNoPlus CD track listing

1. Who gives a thought

2. We let him in

3. Icarus or Blériot

4. Star Garden

5. Include

6. There were bells

7. Sherry

8. I am not me

9. Those little noises

10. Make gardens of silence in the strange valley

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