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When Chris from Bracken popped in with a copy of the Eno About The Need CD he told us it wasn't an easy listen. He obviously wanted to prepare us for a difficult ride and on first listen I decided it's not a difficult ride at all. He was lying to us as it is in fact great! For those who don't know about the history of the album it's a companion album to the 'We Know About The Need' album which was ...

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USED ltd fancy sleeved thing CD on Ears Hoping, EDITION OF 500!! EX/EX-.

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Eno About The Need by Bracken
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9/10 Phil Staff review, 28 August 2008
When Chris from Bracken popped in with a copy of the Eno About The Need CD he told us it wasn't an easy listen. He obviously wanted to prepare us for a difficult ride and on first listen I decided it's not a difficult ride at all. He was lying to us as it is in fact great! For those who don't know about the history of the album it's a companion album to the 'We Know About The Need' album which was released as a lathe cut vinyl version of one copy only. The LP has traversed the continents and the recipients were encouraged to play the LP and also add something to the artwork. For those who aren't familiar with lathe cuts they deteriorate quite quickly so you'll have loads of crackles and whizzles after a few plays. Depending on which side of the camp you sit in this is either a problem or it enhances the whole listening experience. Being a vinyl head my ears are used to crackles so I'm happy for the clicks and pops to happen. The artwork has been physically remixed (as such) and the vinyl itself has been kind of remixed (more added to really) by the sheer fact it has been played. It's undoubtedly an interesting concept. Musically we have a much more mellow sedate experience than the Bracken album. It's much more droney and spacey sounding... dare I say ethereal? It's like some ghosts have come along and sucked the beats out of the album and left some weird spooky ghostly (en)trails. Occasionally some vocals eerily appear and I have to say the whole ghostly thing at times reminds me of some of the moments from the recent Caretaker album. I think fans of Kranky will lap this up and personally I much prefer this to the We Know About The Need album but that's just where my head is. It's a thoroughly beautiful listening experience that fans of drone, ambience and experimental pop music will literally shit themselves for. I've just listened to it twice and I've had to change twice..... better turn it off.... Limited to 500 only in a hand made, hand numbered digipak and it's available from us a wee bit earlier than it is anywhere else. Also included is a booklet with the whole story and artwork in. It's self released on the pun tastic 'Ears Hoping' label.....

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