Flesh and Machine
In the early ‘80s, Daniel Lanois’ and Brian Eno were inseparable. Their production work together included U2’s classic records The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree, and Eno’s solo ambient discs. And while much of Lanois’ recent solo discography has leaned closer to singer-songwriter confessionals or multi-layered guitar heroics, it’s that early Eno atmospheric flair that drives his latest album, Flesh and Machine. The title’s definitely accurate – from top to bottom it plays like a fusion between the organic and digital, or as an electronic album with a human heartbeat. Guitars, pedal steel, piano, drums, and vocals were played, then manipulated and repurposed into something else entirely. It’s strong when it’s ethereal - time feels like it’s standing still on the expansive “Forest City” – but its highlights are it’s most kinetic moments (“Opera”, “The End”). A must-listen headphone album.
Flesh and Machine will be performed live as a trio, with all of the instrumentation, sampling, and sonic manipulation done in real time. The last remaining Canadian date is in Toronto November 9 at the Danforth Music Hall.