Drawn from Life Import
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Of course, there are plenty of indications that we are listening to an Eno project: the non-unison handclaps on "Like Pictures II" (probably the clappers were only given instructions but couldn't see or hear one another), the medley of guitar and voice on "Rising Dust," the found voices (of Eno's two daughters Iriel and Darla) and sounds of kitchen activity on "Bloom," and those two mysterious stretches of silence after this track and the follow-up "Two Voices." I suspect that while you are listening intently to find out if something is going on at very low volume and you pay attention to what you are doing, you will discover that you are hearing everything in your surroundings more intensely (intenser?Read more ›
"Drawn From Life" sounds, figurative and literally like The onE went back and listened to some of his older records. On "Drawn From Life," he is working with a living, breathing drummer. I hope there is further collaboration with J. Peter Schwalm, because the results are excellent.
About the tracks...
"From This Moment" is a very "Discreet"-like introduction that segues beautifully into "Persis," which sounds like a track that should have been on "Spinner."
"Like Pictures Part #1" sounds like we came in toward the end of... something. Barely distinguishable voices in the background segue into "Like Pictures Part #2." Starting with mildly treated drums, backwards tape loops, hand claps, and a violin surface, stretching the time to somewhere between Middle-Eastern and a One-Drop.
And Laurie Anderson, telling us, "Some things are just pictures. They're scenes before your eyes. Don't look now. I'm right behind you." As an aside, I wish Brian and Laurie would stop, er, pussyfooting around and make an entire record together.
"Night Traffic" and "Rising Dust" are mid-tempo and dark, and would fit nicely with Bill Frisell's "Blues Dream.Read more ›
i'm still in awe as i listen to the album a second time through. i just snagged myself a copy of this album on account of a friend's recommendation. my jaw is on the floor...and my ears have been tweaked to their liking...the music seeps in and feeds my craving for something different within the context of ambient music. eno and schwalm create some of the most luxurious soundscapes...painting a tranquil image, blossoming within the listener's mind. simultaneously, eno and schwalm create eerie underlying tones, which add to the complexities surrounding the music. the functionality of the music pours out as the listener is taken on a far away journey to the depths of reality...soothing the soul and calming the mind. some tracks to watch out for: "intenser," "persis," "like pictures #2," "bloom"...well, i find that i really can't pick specific favorites, as the entire album is something to be devoured whole! place this in your cd changer...press play...let eno and schwalm take you into their world...and savor each note as it unfolds during the course of the album!
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As a huge Brian Eno fan I saw this and had never seen it before. Paid about the right cost for an out of print import CD. It's a solid CD and shows how diverse Eno is. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Stacy Greenberg
Here's what Eno said in MOJO Magazine (Issue 90, 2001) about the two long silences (in Bloom and Two Voices):
"We had that piece, Two Voices, which we both wanted to include... Read more
Drawn From Life appears to be out of print. Such a shame. This is a wonderful "project" that Eno and Schwalm have put together here. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Mark
I have several Eno works in my collection and found this one to be a different twist. More upbeat than his "Music For...." collections.Published on May 20, 2009 by Leafsfan2028
A good degree of likable ambient with soothingly experienced texture work for sure, but, in spite of conscious musical outsourcing, one can only help but sense encroaching... Read morePublished on March 6, 2009 by IRate
Through this collaboration with percussionist J. Peter Schwalm, the artistic vision of Brian Eno tackles a musical canvas with rhythms that are placed in rich soundscapes. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Best Of All
I had big expectations from Eno's new album. I love Ambient2, ThePearl, Apollo, ShutovAssembly.
The DrawnFromLife is getting me nervous! Read more