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Boomkat Product Review:
Roger Eno presents his new solo album with Deutsche Gramophone; a dozen watercolored sketches on the cusp of silence and sound .
‘the skies, they shift like chords’ depicts the storied soundtrack composer and brother of Brian elegantly sashaying the keys in succinct pieces that tile up to a gently wondrous, melancholy portrait of the artist. It marks 40 years since he earned his stripes recording the ‘Apollo’ soundtrack with his elder brother and Daniel Lanois, both of whom would become longterm collaborators.
That work’s evocative cinematic nature feeds forward into this one, but is felt more stripped back and breezy on the skin as Roger emerges from the harmonic blush of ‘Chordal Drift’ and its subtly detuned ‘Tidescape’ single to allow for more spectral electronic eeriness and shimmers of pitch bent guitar on ‘Above and Below (Crepuscular)’, and just the right amount of schmaltz in the wistful keys of ‘Through the Blue (St Swithin’s)’. He finely gauges quiet/just-a-bit-louder dynamics slanted with quizzical strings on ‘Mind the Gap’, and places the voice of his daughter, Cecily Loris Eno, against Johann Johansson-esque string arrangement in ‘Strangely, I Dreamt’, and beats a retreat to the sublime in ‘Japanese Rain Garden’ and chamber elegance of ‘If Only For a Moment’.