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Brian Eno Announces New ‘Reflection’ LP

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Less than a year after the release of his most recent effort, 2016’s The Ship, Brian Eno has announced the impending arrival of his next LP.

Titled Reflection and due in stores Jan. 1, 2017, Eno’s latest release consists of a single track — also called “Reflection” — running 54 minutes in length. Currently available for pre-order through his official site, the new album ties directly into the ambient work that was a hallmark of Eno’s early career; as he put it in an essay penned for the announcement, it serves as “the latest work in a long series.”

While Eno professes not to truly understand what goes into the ambient genre as a whole, he adds that in recent years, he’s observed others responding to his own ambient pieces in the spirit they were intended — “as provocative spaces for thinking” — freeing him up creatively to put more of them out into the world.

Reflection is so called because I find it makes me think back. It makes me think things over,” writes Eno. “It seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation. And external ones actually — people seem to enjoy it as the background to their conversations. When I make a piece like this most of my time is spent listening to it for long periods – sometimes several whole days — observing what it does to different situations, seeing how it makes me feel. I make my observations and then tweak the rules.”

Looking back over his career, Eno adds that sees artists falling into two categories: farmers, who cultivate certain styles or themes in their work; and cowboys, who spend their careers searching for new horizons. “I used to think I was temperamentally more cowboy than farmer,” he quips, “but the fact that the series to which this piece belongs has been running now for over four decades makes me think that there’s quite a big bit of farmer in me.”

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