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Another lovely ambient journey from Mr. Eno
on November 13, 2012
When the mood is right, there are few greater pleasures for me than traveling along with Brian Eno and submerging into one of his sparklingly beautiful ambient mindscapes. His newest, Lux, was designed to accompany an art installation in Turin, Italy, themed around "the play of light." The album is a series of four long pieces totaling about 1.2 hours. The structure is alternating and overlapping synth tones which seem to shimmer and hang in the air like the play of light that inspired the music. The music sounds fairly harmonious on its surface, but there is subtle tension lurking below, slightly more noticeable within "LUX 2" & "3." This would seem to be perfect music for experiencing an art installation, but it's also excellent as background music for working on the computer, reading a magazine, drinking a glass of wine, etc. Maybe for meditation, too, although I wonder if the subtle shifts in feeling might prove too distracting for that purpose.