Brian Eno released his latest studio album FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE last month to critical acclaim on vinyl, CD, digital formats and Dolby Atmos Blu-ray. Out today is an alluring new video to accompany the track ‘Garden Of Stars’. Produced by Brian and Nick Robertson, a long-time artistic collaborator who created the album’s striking artwork, the film depicts wondrous creation.
Giving some insight into the song and video, they separately commented:
“Imagine a being huge enough to have our Universe as a plaything, and to watch in fascination as that Universe is born, flourishes and finally snuffs itself out...or alternately divides into a million parallel selves....” - Brian Eno
“The Garden of Stars video imagines the creation of stars as occurring in a garden where exotic new cross breeds of flowers are created, and populate the heavens. Each one a unique variation on a universal blueprint.” - Nick Robertson
Appearing in the first half of the album, ‘Garden Of Stars’ is among the most ominous from a record that explores our feelings about the climate emergency. Eno’s voice intones as static and a sonic maelstrom brews around his words, reaching a crescendo for, “These billion years will end. They end in me.”
A song-based album, Brian’s vocals are featured on the majority of the ten tracks. In a fascinating and enjoyable conversation with Iggy Pop on BBC 6Music recently, he said:
“I started with all of these tracks creating a sonic world, making a world that seemed interesting to me and then I picked up a microphone and started singing, so there is no rhythm in most of the songs and very few chord changes....I thought there should be other elements just like the wind and the rain so they (the vocals) are not synchronised necessarily, they just happen... most of the time it was a pretty straightforward and immediate approach to what happened when I plugged the mic in, I got a nice sound and suddenly I was a different person in a different place, thinking I’ll have an adventure.” - Brian Eno
Watch the video for ‘Garden Of Stars’ - BELOW:
The record was made at his studios in West London and Norfolk and is available HERE. The record is at times choral and hymnal, sometimes apocalyptic and then hauntingly beautiful; you can watch two tracks from the album, ‘We Let It In’ (WATCH), also featuring Brian’s daughter, Darla, and 'There Were Bells’ (WATCH) here.