Dig and Discover: Brian Eno - Discreet Music
ARTIST: BRIAN ENO
ALBUM: DISCREET MUSIC
LABEL (YEAR): OBSCURE (1975)
FOR FANS OF: JAMES BLACKSHAW, TANGERINE DREAM
Wordy by Sam Hall
Not much needs to be said about Brian Eno and his legacy – Roxy Music alone should be enough. But this gem of a record, his fourth solo effort, is one that clearly signals his progress towards the ambient aesthetic we now hold him responsible for pioneering. It's painfully quiet and masterfully subtle in composition – a deliberate approach by Eno that forces the listener to relinquish all distractions and allow the mood to wash over. The fact that this was made in 1975, the year that Morris Albert's Feelings was making everyone's ears bleed, speaks volumes about Eno's mastery and singularity.
For a time when you need to truly find peace of mind, listen in to Discreet Music and tune out.
Chiaroscuro not only represents an accomplished and crucial album in terms of its contribution to jazz – and, it should be added, that other nebulous genre: ambient – it also demonstrates how culture can flourish as a shared, public good.