David Byrne and Brian Eno: back in the bush, still searching for ghosts
The news that David Byrne and Brian Eno have collaborated again of course turns one’s mind back towards My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, the pair’s landmark album of 1981. Byrne once described the intended sound of the album (which took its title from the Amos Tutuola novel of the same name) as that of a radio station being broadcast from the edge of a shantytown sometime at the turn of the millennium.
It is a truly haunting record – incorporating found radio broadcasts, Lebanese mountain singers, and even the recording of a live exorcism. It’s even more amazing when you realise that it was recorded using only analogue techniques, before the advent of digital sequencing and sampling.
Now, thirty years on, the old partners are about to ride again. The first single from the forthcoming album, Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today, is called Strange Overtones and was released as a free download single on Friday. Unlike Bush of Ghosts, the new material will be song-based. Strange Overtones havs a gospel-inspired vocal track set over a loose funk rhythm and bassline.
The album will be self-released on the pair’s website on August 18.