Less than two months removed from the release of their debut collaborative album, Someday World, electronic pioneers Brian Eno and Underworld’s own Karl Hyde return with their second joint album, High Life. Though not officially due out until July 1st, the album is now streaming in full over at Pitchfork.
The six-track efforts spans 45 minutes and promises to carry on the glitch-funk flavor of Someday World. According to a press release, “High Life is the clearest expression yet of the ‘Reickuti’ (Steve Reich<>Fela Kuti) direction that first brought this new collaboration into being.” The artwork, above, was designed by Eno.
In a statement, Eno discussed the album’s recording process and the sense of urgency he and Hyde shared in recording these fresh ideas: “When Someday World was finished, I felt like we were still on a roll and I wasn’t ready to stop working and get into ‘promotional mode’ for that record. So I suggested we immediately start on another album, a different one, where we extended some of the ideas we’d started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn’t.”
Among the new ideas was to live-process Hyde’s guitar, “so that we would be effecting one another’s performance, bouncing off each other, inspiring new combinations of polyrhythms,” Hyde explained.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
High Life Tracklist:
03. Time To Waste It
05. Moulded Life
06. Cells & Bells