A Treasure Chest. February 13, 2007
Written by LouieB
Fripp and Eno have done it again with their latest release "The Cotswold Gnomes". Compiled by Brian Eno from unreleased material that dates back to over a decade, this download is a genuine treasure chest from these two musical giants.
While "The Cotswold Gnomes" is a compilation of material from different time periods, it doesn’t sound like it. The music flows seemlessly as one track literally melts into the next.
It is somewhat difficult to pinpoint when all the material dates from (with the exception of the closing piece "Cross Crisis In Lust Storm" which has been reported as dating from 1992) however, it is quite fun to guess as a lot it sounds like outtakes from Eno’s "Shutov Assembly", "Nerve Net" and "The Drop" while others take their cue directly from Fripp and Eno’s classic comeback effort "The Equatorial Stars".
Standout tracks include the multidirectional "Tripoli 2020", the minimalist "Ringing Beat", the cinematic "Timean Sparkles" and "Idea of Decline", the funk-laden "Deep Indian Long" and the full throttle industrialism of "Sneerling Loop" and the aformentioned "Cross Crisis In Lust Storm".
Indeed the entire 54 minutes worth of music is like taking an adventure into the world of eclectic sounds. There’s more than just ambient music here. There’s a wide variety of styles covered.
Here’s hoping that more music of this nature will be just around the corner. Until then, we have this latest chapter in a winning streak of releases so far.