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Friday, April 18, 2008

Brian Eno and David Byrne Collaborating Again

There are certain cd’s that need to be in everyone’s collection. Sure Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way is a given and so too is Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan. Unfortunately that leaves about 21 437 others that should also be included. One of these recordings is the 1981 collaborative effort between David Byrne and Brian Eno entitled My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. The enigmatic recording remains on my list of essentials largely because of its unbelievable breadth and its uncanny ability to stand the tests of time. This hugely influential recording covers a lot of musical territory that to this day I am still trying to get my head around.

Drowned in Sound noted yesterday, David Byrne announced this week that his long-rumored return to the studio with Brian Eno is nearly complete:Speaking at an event in New York, Byrne revealed that the duo had rekindled the relationship they formed in the late 70s/early 80s which resulted in three Talking Heads records and the Ghosts record.

“I’m finishing up a record with Brian Eno, a musician that I worked with 30 years ago,” Byrne said following an appearance with Paul Simon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 9th of April. “We did a record together of songs, and that’ll come out… Brian had written a lot of music, but needed some words, which I know how to do. What’s it sound like? Electronic gospel. That’s all I’m saying.”

Extraordinary news too that David Byrne’s booking agent has been soliciting offers from a number of different promoters around the United States for Byrne/Eno live shows, promising the set list will consist of at least 40% Eno-era Talking Heads material. Amazing news if you were lucky enough to see the Talking Heads in their heyday to see this music performed live.

The album will likely be released via Nonesuch Records, but probably not until 2009 before the end of the year.

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