Brian Eno/Karl Hyde – Someday World (Warp/Border)

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brianeno2_wide-1a0eb39ccc59236307bd12466fc56cf7e5f9807f-435x247BRIAN ENO IS the high priest of hip geeks, and if his reign as rock’s leading intellectual isn’t threatened by his rescue job on several Coldplay albums, it will remain untroubled by this unlikely collaboration with the man who once sang “Doot-doot!” on Freur’s ridiculous 1980s synth-pop hit of the same name.

Karl Hyde went on, of course, to lead one of the biggest “rave” electronic dance groups of the 90s, Underworld, while Eno’s recent work has rebooted his squiggly synthetic roots.

Someday World, however, is defiantly song-based, Someday_World_coverHyde’s flat, tremulous voice hogging the limelight, while the tricky, elliptical wordplay is matched consonant by consonant with equally oddball musical landscapes that are at their best when Eno’s clipped mutant funk – like Talking Heads locked on a circuit board – chatter away.

When the synth fanfares dominate, however, it quickly gets dizzy with visions of Chariots Of Fire. GARY STEEL

Sound = 2.5/5

Music = 3/5

 

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