Hot Damn! Brian Eno and David Byrne Release Their First New Album in 27 Years!
In 1981 Ronald Reagan had just taken office, I was 10 years old going on 11, and David Byrne and Brian Eno released a joint venture album that was unlike just about anything ever released: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts [site contains album in entirety], a combination of electronic, world, and sampled sound and experimental music that was for the most part the second generation to the experimental genre — a follow up to industrial and ambient sounds from groups like Silver Apples, Can, Kraftwerk, and Einsturzende Neubauten. Although My Life in the Bush of Ghosts went largely unnoticed by mainstream audiences who were distracted by acts like REO Speedwagon, Hall & Oates, and Blondie (after they burned their brains out with cocaine), the album was important and influential — one of the first outside of the largely niche hip hop and rap market to use sampled, remixed, and found sounds.
Byrne and Eno never collaborated after that album… until now with the release of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The album is available for pre-order (it will not ship until November of 2008) but is available in full for your listening pleasure at David Byrne’s site.
“Strange Overtones“, the new single, is also available for download there.