There’s aiming high. And there’s going after Brian Eno. When Set Mo set about creating their first full-length album, they reached out to a hero in Eno, a veteran artist and musician with the reputation of a production boffin, the Godfather of Ambient. A guy who doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
Set Mo, the rising Sydney duo of Nick Drabble and Stu Turner, are, like many others, inspired by the work of Eno, and in particular a spoken word piece on the creative process he served up in a campaign for Alfred Dunhill, the British luxury menswear brand.
The Aussie pair dreamed on. Eno’s dialogue was the perfect fit for “Surrender,” the title track to Set Mo’s debut album, which dropped Feb. 1 through Set Mo Records. “’Surrender’ had the energy of a perfect album opener or opening to a live show,” recounts Turner. “But we did feel it missed an element.” That Eno delivery “resonated with us.” One small problem: the sample needed clearance. The call was put out, Set Mo and their management team entered the waiting game. Some nervous weeks passed. And, relief. The day before Surrender was submitted for mastering, a response came in from Eno’s management. “They were like, Brian’s into it. He just wants you to make a few small changes. If you can do that you’re good to use it," recounts Drabble. "We were like, ‘what?’ Brian Eno’s heard our track and likes it?”