Brian Eno Announces New Album ‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’

"I thought, here we are at the birthplace of Western civilisation, probably witnessing the end of it...” 

Brian Eno will release new album ‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’ later this year.

A key figure in the evolution and development of modern music, each new project from Brian Eno seems to illuminate areas of darkness in our understanding of culture. An artist who consistently asks profound questions, his new album comes framed by turmoil – both ecological and political – in the world around it.

Out on October 14th, it’s his first full length solo project since 2017’s ‘Reflection’, and contains 10 tracks recorded in West London.

Brian Eno Announces New Album ‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’

New piece ‘There Were Bells’ leads the way, a beautiful semi-orchestrated vocal work penned alongside his brother Roger for a performance at Ancient Greek site the Acropolis, not far from recent wildfires. He introduces the piece by saying: “I thought, here we are at the birthplace of Western civilisation, probably witnessing the end of it…” 

Tune in now.

In a note, Brian Eno further elaborates on the context of the album…

Like everybody else – except, apparently, most of the governments of the world – I’ve been thinking about our narrowing, precarious future, and this music grew out of those thoughts. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say I’ve been feeling about it…and the music grew out of the feelings. Those of us who share those feelings are aware that the world is changing at a super-rapid rate, and that large parts of it are disappearing forever…hence the album title.

These aren’t propaganda songs to tell you what to believe and how to act. Instead they’re my own exploration of my own feelings. The hope is that they will invite you, the listener, to share those experiences and explorations. 

It took me a long time to embrace the idea that we artists are actually feelings-merchants. Feelings are subjective. Science avoids them because they’re hard to quantify and compare. But ‘feelings’ are the beginnings of thoughts, and the long term attendants of them too. Feelings are the whole body reacting, often before the conscious brain has got into gear, and often with a wide lens that encompasses more than the brain is consciously aware of. 

Art is where we start to become acquainted with those feelings, where we notice them and learn from them – learn what we like and don’t like – and from there they start to turn into actionable thoughts. Children learn through play; adults play through Art. Art gives you the space to ‘have’ feelings, but it comes with an off-switch: you can shut the book or leave the gallery. Art is a safe place to experience feelings – joyous ones and difficult ones.  Sometimes those feelings are about things we long for, sometimes they’re about things we might want to avoid.

I’m more and more convinced that our only hope of saving our planet is if we begin to have different feelings about it: perhaps if we became re-enchanted by the amazing improbability of life; perhaps if we suffered regret and even shame at what we’ve already lost; perhaps if we felt exhilarated by the challenges we face and what might yet become possible. Briefly, we need to fall in love again, but this time with Nature, with Civilisation and with our hopes for the future.”

‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’ will be released on October 14th. Tracklisting:

Who Gives a Thought
We Let It In 
Icarus or Blériot
Garden of Stars
Inclusion
 
There Were Bells
Sherry
I’m Hardly Me
These Small Noises
Making Gardens Out of Silence

-
Join the Clash mailing list for up to the minute music, fashion and film news.