The Satellites, Eno • Hyde.

The Satellites, Eno • Hyde.

Whether co-producing Coldplay and James Blake or collaborating with David Byrne and Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, now sixty-five, is never far from musical endeavour, whether that be of a most bleeding-edge, or a more, well, MOR disposition. And the latest project he’s put his own name to – another collaboration, this time alongside abiding crony Karl Hyde of Underworld renown, that goes by the somewhat uninspired name of Eno • Hyde – firmly lodges itself somewhere between the two.

Because for every idiosyncratic lyric of “dream[ing] the sound of cars, to drown the satellites” there’s a driving bass line pilfered from Dire Straits’ dreary catalogue; offsetting Roxy Music man Andy Mackay’s every toot of virtuosic alto sax, another plodding keyboard Chris Martin could nod that disproportionately large cranium to. (The album, Someday World, incidentally features Coldplay drummer, Will Champion.) But ultimately, The Satellites sounds like Eno’s finest since he last combined with Byrne to produce Strange Overtones, the standout to 2008 full-length, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. And as his tomorrows remain perfectly unclear, his every manoeuvre still seems to be very much worth your tracking…

Someday World is anticipated May 5th on Warp.

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