Strike when the iron’s hot. That’s exactly what Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have done.
When the electronic music masters released a debut collaborative album earlier this month, “Someday World,” they found they were still smoking hot. So they struck again. The result is another new full-length set, “High Life.”
The next album will arrive June 27 on Warp, the cutting-edge British independent label that has released works from the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada. Warp (and its various international partners) also released “Someday World,” on May 5.
For Eno, the renowned producer, it has been a case of why make one album when you can make two? “When ‘Someday World’ was finished I felt like we were still on a roll and I wasn’t ready to stop working and get into ‘promotional mode’ for that record,” he says in a statement. “So I suggested we immediately start on another album, a different one, where we extended some of the ideas we’d started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn’t.”
Eno and Hyde’s experimental roll isn’t limited to the studio. They’ve released the interactive augmented reality Eno • Hyde app for iOS and they’ve performed on British music TV program “Later… With Jools Holland”.
On the latest new album, the pair drew inspiration from the repetitive minimalism of such composers as Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, and from the polyrhythmic music of Fela Kuti and funk, according to a statement trumpeting the release.
Hyde, a founding member of British electronic outfit Underworld, spoke about the creative process. “I wanted to work with a stripped down set of equipment… For this album I was very keen for Brian to live process my guitar playing so that we would be effecting one another’s performance, bouncing off each other, inspiring new combinations of polyrhythms.”
Eno and Hyde have shared the high-energy instrumental lead single “DBF”. Listen below.