Monday, August 18, 2008

"Everything That Happens" Just Happened

David Byrne & Brian Eno have just released their first collaborative recording in some 30 years, "Everything that Happens Will Happen Today." Once upon a time Byrne and Eno's matching sense of play, chance and weird instrumentalism resulted in some of the greatest pop records of the 1980's. Working together, they recorded three remarkable records by Talking Heads plus Byrne's masterful "Catherine Wheel" and the landmark "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts." The two men have clearly mellowed, and the new recording trades in the eclectic experimentalism of past recordings for a gentle exploration of more familiar song structures. The record owes as much to Simon & Garfunkel as it does to Harry Partch. But these are still the grand old men of the golden age of electronic pop music, and the new songs, which are by turns smart, silly and surprising, are well worth a listen, particularly the dark and funky "I Feel My Stuff," which probably comes the closest to capturing the strange magic of long gone days. Byrne & Eno, working with the startup Topspin Media, have made the whole album available as a free stream. Give it a listen. What have you got to lose?

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