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Small Craft On A Milk Sea

Brian Eno Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0040V7J36
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Flint March 1:550.99  Buy MP3 
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Internationally renowned producer, curator and artist Brian Eno presents "Small Craft On A Milk Sea", his first solo record since 2005's "Another Day on Earth". A masterclass in ambient and industrial music from a recognised figurehead of the genre, in collaboration with Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins (both established musicians/composers in their own right), it is the subject of intense worldwide press and online interest. 'In the early seventies I found myself preferring film soundtracks to most other types of records. What drew me to them was their sensuality and unfinished-ness - in the absence of the film they invited you, the listener, to complete them in your mind. If you hadn't even seen the film, the music remained evocative - like the lingering perfume of somebody who's just left a room you've entered. I heard Nino Rota's Fellini soundtracks often before I saw the films and in listening to them I found I could imagine a whole movie in advance: and though it usually turned out to be nothing much like Fellini's version, it left me with the idea that a music which left itself in some way unresolved engaged the listener in a particularly creative way. The work in this collection is a result of an occasional collaboration between myself, Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The two of them are gifted young player/composers whose work, like mine, is intimately connected to the possibilities and freedoms of electronic music. Over the last few years we've worked together several times, enjoying exploring the huge new sonic territories now available to musicians. Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from 'composition' in the classical sense, but from improvisation. The improvisations are not attempts to end up with a song, but rather with a landscape, a feeling of a place and perhaps the suggestion of an event. In a sense they deliberately lack 'personality': there is no singer, no narrator, no guide as to what you ought to be feeling. If these pieces had been used in films, the film would complete the picture. As they stand, they are the mirror-image of silent movies - sound-only movies. I am especially pleased to be releasing this new material on Warp, for a long time one of the truly innovative labels. I am pleased to be in the company of many artists whose work I've followed and admired over the years. I look forward to a rewarding relationship'. - Brian Eno (September, 2010)

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mission Under A Strangely Coloured Sky! 11 Sep 2010
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During the first ten years of the new century, Brian Eno has released some albums that come close to his classics of the seventies and eighties, for example DRAWN FROM LIFE, with Peter Schwalm, or the brilliant song cycle ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH. Now, the creator of ambient music has released his first solo album on Warp Records, specialists for experimental, electronic pop. And he is working with some soulmates, Leo Abrahams (guitar, laptop, weird sounds) and Jon Hopkins (piano, electronics, strange sounds).

Good companionship for a purely instrumental record that reaches far out - and starts almost too beautiful, with the ambient sugar of EMERALD AND LIME. But even this soft starter has some grainy elements of total emptiness in it - the picture of a silent sea springs to mind (a picture Eno has often recurred to in his songs). The following three soundscapes belong to the 1000 places you will have to go to before you die. COMPLEX HEAVEN, SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA and the driving, irresistible rhythms of FLINT MARCH contain everything you expect from great Eno pieces, a sense of wonder, and an ambivalent field of emotion. On FLINT MARCH, the elastic drums add to an exercise of nearly uninhibited joie de vivre (but even here, as repeated listening reveals, some dark forces are working in the background).

This 15-track journey then continues with some wild pieces, a quiet foreboding of danger, and rough passages with frenetic guitar playing: sometimes Eno loves to push sounds to the verge of falling apart. The listener is getting lost in a very interesting way - between child-like moods, disturbing fields of sound, apparitions of naked beauty.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eno cuts himself - and bleeds a bit 21 Nov 2010
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It's quite a while since I've been excited by the stuff that Eno's been releasing in recent decades. Either he's released more ambience into the world than it either needs,cares for, or can take, or the well modulated and controlled songs of Another Day On Earth. Though these have been nice additions to the lexicon, they elict no cigars. Only in his collaborative work, has there ever been some sense of exploration. But this has always been so, from Roxy through Talking Heads, Bowie and U2 on. Working with other peoples ideas in conjunction with his own loosens the creative reins of control, and something random and magically unexpected happens.

His work with Fripp having reached an impasse, it was only on Drawn from Life with Peter Schwalm, ( 2001 ) that we last saw Eno really breaking out of his neat oblique process. It surprises me that a process allegedly so experimental and changeable, can end up producing a body of recent work so uniformly consistent in character. Perhaps he has indeed become defined, if not confined, within his own category - Enoesque

Small Craft on a Milky Sea,however,does frequently gouge new grooves into Eno's undoubtedly broad range of recordings. Maybe this comes from the 'improvisatory' nature of the source material. On 'Horse','2 Forms of Anger,Flint March' 'Paleosonic' and 'Dust Shuffle'we hear an Eno I thought had almost become extinct, one with sharp, aggressive, harsh even discordant edges. Oh what great joy it is to hear these tracks!

Yes, there are still plenty of the recumbent, languid landscapes, as on 'Emerald and Lime' and the rather beautiful title track 'Small Craft on a Milky Sea, but these are rather contained,refined examples of the form.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some More Music For Short Films 17 Jan 2011
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I think it may be helpful to understand that this is a collection similar to "More Music For Films" and "Music For Films Vol 3", rather than "Music For Airports", "On Land: Ambient 4", "The Pearl" or "Thursday Afternoon". The tracks average 3 minutes, most with beats and quirky rythmns, so I'm unlikely to use it as a backdrop for when I'm working. When I listen to it, I'm hearing what I think are pieces of background music to a documentary on geology or something. The production quality is of a very high standard and it's interesting, but for me, not particularly enjoyable. I enjoy an awful lot of music that has Brian Eno's involvement so I'll keep going back to this, but if it disappeared from my collection overnight I probably wouldn't notice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, deep and definitely not ambient 9 Aug 2012
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If you've come to this CD looking for relaxing Brian Eno ambient music then you've come to the wrong place. This collaborative recording between Eno, John Hopkins and Leo Abrahams contains some dark, edgy music that demands your attention; comfortable background music it ain't. Perhaps because of that it takes a few listens to get used to but once you've tuned in, it becomes more rewarding with each play.

Don't approach this thinking it's an Eno recording, as the collaborators definitely bring their input to the party. If you've set the volume control for the softer sounds of the first tracks you may have to turn it down a bit by the time you get to track five, Horse, where Leo Abraham's guitar takes a particularly prominent role; you'll keep it turned down for the thrumming percussion and angry feedback of the next track, 2 forms of anger, and some others too. You won't have done that with a Eno ambient recording before.

The recording quality is, as you might expect, top notch. Because of that you'll get the most out of this if you play it on a good hifi, where the use of deep bass notes and tones comes through your feet as well as your ears. This, and the sometimes fractured rhythms and unusual keyboard lines, can make it an edgy listen; you may well feel unsettled rather than chilled after playing this.

And if all of that sounds like it's meant to warn you off; it isn't, it's just to make you aware that if you think this is something to play when you're feeling mellow, or the morning after the night before, think again. Play it and listen to it when you want to be provoked or even (especially tracks 5 - 9) roused, and it will reward your listening hugely. Get to know it and it may reward your listening each time you play it. I like this a lot and, with all the cautions I've mentioned, recommend it to you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Small Craft On A Milk Sea of plugins
Dear Brian,

Been a fan of yours since the year dot ... this really is the most uninteresting amateur sounding (in comparison to your great works) record you have ever... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Have an open mind
eno's 2010 album with leo abrahams and jon hopkins - his first on warp - proves that there is yet more life to be sucked out of the mantle 'ambient'. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Mr. A. Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen
Have read some reviews that find this boring!
I do not. If you "really listen" here you will
find what Eno has offered in the past from a huge volume
of work. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by crdmtb
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ELECTRONICS
There are some who say that Enos best albums were from the late seventies,this is true to a certain extent,but dissmiss this at your peril,for this is music of high quality. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by Finbar the looney
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
I love some ambient music particularly Jon Hopkins Opalescent & Contact Note albums but this collaboration with Brian Eno just doesnt work for me & is a big disappoinment. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by M. A. Birch
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down
Bought this with high hopes. It is probably just me but is has just not clicked for me. Ambient is fine, good in fact but boring is not!!
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Mr. Stephen Scott
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Zone between Dull and Boring
As my partner says "I just don't see the point of it". If Tangerine Dream wanted to make a new album, then why didn't they do it themselves? Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars brian eno unfinished
the boxset i received is an excellent product, there is only one thing wrong, inside the box set is a sort of document pouch with nothing in it, but there is a card that tells you... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by caine
3.0 out of 5 stars Um .. Eno has been better
I am a big Eno fan (particularly his post RM output), but I have to say this album disappoints somewhat, it is trying just a bit too hard to be self-consciously different, it... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by storm45
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
Big fan of Eno's 'ambient' albums (especially ones with Harold Budd)

This is okay but i got the disctinct impression this was a contractual obligation album, lots of... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2010 by Mad Earwig
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