Eno - Hyde - High Life
Two of the UK’s most highly respected and influential electronic musicians, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde follow their first collaborative album with a second, ‘High Life’, written, recorded, and released within weeks of ‘Someday World’.
Following high demand that culminated after rave reviews from the likes of Sasha Frere Jones (New Yorker), Pitchfork, and The Sunday Times, the vinyl format will now be released.
The success of ‘Someday World’ saw Eno and Hyde play live on Jools Holland and both singles - ‘Daddy’s Car’, ‘Witness’ - playlisted at 6Music.
Album track ‘Lilac’ has been interpreted through the Eno · Hyde iOS app, available for free download from enohyde.com/app.
‘High Life’ takes its name from the Ghanaian music genre and the album itself draws inspiration from the repetitive minimalism of composers like Steve Reich and Phillip Glass and from the polyrhythmic music of Fela Kuti and funk, as well as continuing the work that Eno and Hyde have done separately.
Brian Eno: “When ‘Someday World’ was finished I felt like we were still on a roll. So I suggested we immediately start on another album, where we extended some of the ideas we’d started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn’t. I was having difficulty raising enthusiasm for ‘Someday World’ promotional interviews so I thought, ‘Why don’t we just carry on working and invite writers to come and watch us work?’”
Karl Hyde: “During the ‘90s I vocally improvised through all live performances. Brian’s invitation to be a part of the Pure Scenius ensemble (Sydney Opera House 2009) reignited my enthusiasm for live improvisation, requiring me to go much further, having to create vocal melodies with words to music I had never heard before in front of a packed house. It is a joy for me, therefore, to be a part of this process in the studio as it provides us with the opportunity to return to that fabulous way of working, having to find words and melodies in front of a live audience, only this one was watching us through a magnifying glass.”
Available exclusively to independent retailers as a 2LP in gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, download code and deluxe art print.
Also available as a standard edition gatefold double LP with printed inner sleeves and download code.
“A startling and inspiring record. Eno’s been involved with quite a few of those in the past, but it’s especially nice to experience a new one that reaches us in the present moment.” -, Pitchfork (Best New Music 8.5); “It’s alive and fluid... rejecting the standard order” - Sasha Frere Jones, The New Yorker; Sunday Times Album Of The Week; The Independent On Sunday ****; The Times ****; Evening Standard ****; Mail On Sunday ****.