Brian Eno: Lux
Dance & ElectronicaSpiritual
Each of the four instrumental tracks run eighteen to nineteen minutes on the clock and amble along, blissfully unaware of any concept of time. This is what allows each piece to unfurl and develop; seldom has such a natural, instinctive sound been produced from synthesizers.
Violin and viola are bowed like a never-ending yarn, coiled by flicks and nods of the piano and synths. This is by no means an easy listen; our ears are somewhat conditioned to comprehend and verbalise five minute tracks which are more often than not burdened with lyrics. But probing each track has its rewards. Not unlike classical music, each piece tells a story. Like the greatest classical pieces, it’s a proverbial rollercoaster of joy, ecstasy, pain and sorrow. There’s a story in each of ‘LUX 1’, ‘LUX 2, ‘LUX 3’ and ‘LUX 4’ not to be told, but to be read – the silences are just as important to the story.
There’s an overwhelming delicacy to each note; it isolates you in the most fantastical and unnerving way. The beauty is in a simplicity of execution that shouldn’t be mistaken for simplicity of approach. This is a dense piece of work that owes much of its motivation to Eno’s own complexities.