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Someday World, Warp is excited to reveal that the collaboration
between Brian Eno and Karl Hyde continues with a
second full-length album, High Life, to be released July
Written and recorded across a series of recording sessions
in April of 2014 (some of which were open to selected
media from around the world), none of the music on High
Life existed before Someday World was completed! The
resulting record, at 6 tracks and 45 minutes, is the clearest
expression yet of the 'Reichkuti' (Steve Reich meets Fela
Kuti) direction that first brought the Eno Hyde collaboration
into being. And as the polyrhythms and melodies build, swirl
and syncopate, the album feels truly alive with the energy of
this time in the studio.
High Life reunites Eno and Hyde with the 20 year old
producer/multi-instrumentalist Fred Gibson, previous
Eno-collaborator Leo Abrahams on guitar, drummer Chris
Vatalaro, and keyboardist Don E. Taken alongside Someday
World, it provides a fascinating insight in to how consistent
influences can lead to very different but connected music, and
continues to tell the story of two iconic musicians collaborating
and exploring together. We look forward to seeing how fans
select their own favorites across the two albums.
Top Customer Reviews
Another plus is that unlike Someday World, there is no "deluxe" edition where the cost is twice as high for a so-called bonus disc. The 1/4 hour bonus disc for that album, in tandem with 3/4 hour regular disc totaled to less than an hour. Seems like Mr. Eno inflates prices with this "1 album for the price of 2" tactic frequently these days. Consider one his best releases of the past decade, "Small Craft On A Milk Sea" ...a particularly onerous example where one had to spend a 3-digit figure for the 4 bonus track CD only available if you purchased the vinyl edition! What if I don't have a turntable? Why must I buy records to get a bonus compact disc? The vinyl version of High Life also has a track not found anywhere else, On A Grey Day. So again, how many times must I buy this title in how many different formats to get the entire, under one hour album? Answer: 3 (the CD, the MP3 download or the expensive Japanese import, and the vinyl version). Ugh!
As always, the Japanese version of High Life has a literal bonus track: Slow Down, Sit Down And Breathe.Read more ›
My issue with "High Life" is this: while "Someday World" seems fully conceived and executed, "High Life" comes off as an early demo for an album project. While the production on "High Life" is (as you would imagine) immaculate, the tracks themselves come off as ideas, sound beds, treatments, fragments, etc. that are being prepared to form the basis of some more developed, final versions of album tracks. I think it's wonderful that Eno and Hyde were so excited by their collaboration on "Someday World" that they felt like they wanted to dive into more work together. However, "High Life" would have benefited immeasuably from having these tracks be worked on a lot more and developed, edited, etc. into worthwhile final pieces. As it stands, what we have is a sketchpad of the album that might have been. I'm sure they have busy schedules, but this release is something that needed to have more time devoted to it, and these tracks (as they are) are really only fit to round out a big box set of Eno's work.
I definitely hope that they continue to work together, because there's an interesting spark between them that could really go places if they devote the time to let it develop.
Nevertheless, despite some of the thinness of some of the first tracks of Someday World, so far I have enjoyed it slightly more than High Life. I believe it is a clever marketing strategy to take what is essentially a double album or a long album with works that seem to be all of one piece, and selling them separately at full price. That said, the work as a whole is a nice edition to the Eno canon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't care for this album as much as its companion "Someday World". There were too many tracks with long periods of cacophonous noise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WordFloe
Too few recognize the profound influence Brian Eno has had over a broad spectrum of music for the past forty years and more, A seminal user of tape loops, originator of ambient... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Eager
Not quite as consistent or varied as Someday World but this one has its moments. Sides C and D are excellent but the first song on side D is flawed as noted by other contributors... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lee Wrecker
Great collaboration. I have listened to it many times. I cannot get enough of it. Don't like the last song but find the others addictive. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Larry Deemer
I am delighted to suddenly see Eno making music like he did after he split with Roxy and bringing it up to date - you need to listen to it many times to hear and digest all the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by coyle shine
After first listen, I wasn't sure it was quite as good as their earlier release this year, Someday World, but after repeated listens, I think this album may be the stronger of the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by En Trance