Brian Eno has welcomed 2017 with a message of hope, and positivity.
The legendary musician returns to ambient climes with new album ‘Reflection’, released on January 1st via Warp Records.
To coincide, Brian Eno has posted a new message on his Facebook page. He writes: “The consensus among most of my friends seems to be that 2016 was a terrible year, and the beginning of a long decline into something we don’t even want to imagine.”
“2016 was indeed a pretty rough year, but I wonder if it’s the end - not the beginning - of a long decline. Or at least the beginning of the end….for I think we’ve been in decline for about 40 years, enduring a slow process of de-civilisation, but not really quite noticing it until now. I’m reminded of that thing about the frog placed in a pan of slowly heating water…”
The musician then describes his thoughts on the stagnation of neo-Liberalism, charting everything from the erosion of workers rights to “the concentration of prejudice enabled by social media and the internet.”
However Brian Eno sees more than a few glimpses of something positive amidst the debris:
“This is the start of something big. It will involve engagement: not just tweets and likes and swipes, but thoughtful and creative social and political action too. It will involve realising that some things we’ve taken for granted - some semblance of truth in reporting, for example - can no longer be expected for free. If we want good reporting and good analysis, we’ll have to pay for it. That means MONEY: direct financial support for the publications and websites struggling to tell the non-corporate, non-establishment side of the story. In the same way if we want happy and creative children we need to take charge of education, not leave it to ideologues and bottom-liners. If we want social generosity, then we must pay our taxes and get rid of our tax havens. And if we want thoughtful politicians, we should stop supporting merely charismatic ones.”
“Inequality eats away at the heart of a society, breeding disdain, resentment, envy, suspicion, bullying, arrogance and callousness. If we want any decent kind of future we have to push away from that, and I think we’re starting to.”
“There’s so much to do, so many possibilities. 2017 should be a surprising year.”