Brian Eno’s specifically-titled Ambient series of albums culminated in Ambient 4: On Land, a particularly dense and somewhat dark listen, miles away from the bright emptiness of Ambient 1. Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois and Bill Laswell were involved in helping Eno achieve this (still) strange and evocative expanse. Virgin reissue.
Vinyl LP £17.99 ENOLP8
Reissue LP on Virgin.
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CD £6.99 ENOCDX8
Classic remastered CD on Virgin.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £23.99 ENO2LP8
Limited edition half-speed master reissue 2LP on Virgin. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl, cut at 45rpm and housed in a gatefold sleeve with an Obi and Abbey Road Certificate.
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- Includes download code
9/10 Jack 12th February 2015
On Land is probably the hardest of all Eno discs to describe. It would be one thing if it was simply made with treated notes or tape loops, as with Discreet Music or the previous Ambient albums. It would be one thing if he was using minimal melodies meant to be ignored. On Land is all and none of those. It uses musical elements but isn't music; it's minimalist but not simple or repetitive. It's pure atmosphere. Forms don't exist. If you're wondering what moods you may find here, just look at the titles. "Tal Coat" is somehow electronic-sounding but purely organic. "Shadow" is a vague lurking moment of doubt. "A Clearing" is a four-minute synth haze radiating pure tranquility. It's not all soothing, but if it's left at a low audible level the dark moments won't really be disturbing.
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