Released by Ikarusrecords.ch / Digital approach @ Enomusic.ch
Located in Saint Gallen, Switzerland [ Eno ] is the name of the project lead by duo Ivo Münger and Christian Mikolasek. Despite the fact that the band first title “Stea.Alto” which only saw the light in August 2008, the band itself has been in the music-making since 2004 and in its one decade lifespan the duo has managed to composed, produced and released six titles including the latest being “From The Lower Earth and Ocean” released today on Ickarus Records. Given the band history and experience I would say do not be surprised if you feel like you’ve just bump in to a sound that’s fully transformed and matured.
Listening to Eno’s works especially the latest title “From The Lower Earth and Ocean” is like listening to the very best of Mogwai’s softest moments, the subtlest passage on piece like ‘Cody’ on “Come On Die Young”, just before all hell break loose and the skies start’s to crumbles upon you. If I were to give an honest opinion, I think the band has done an extremely good job in keeping a constant pace without any abrupt shift in sequences but above all, given the album simplistic nature as well as its contemporary feel and uniform performance, the listening experience turned out to be an intriguing one across the entire album without leading to any monotone path. This new release is accompanied by a video performance from the duo ‘Northland Old and Toothless Wizard’ and visual side of the project definitely confirm the above statement. Be sure to check it out guys.
The opening of the album ‘Night Was King and Reigned Unbroken’ is absolutely gorgeous. It’s an eight minutes movement; actually its “The Lower Earth and Ocean” second longest song; that honour belongs to a nine minutes piece conveniently title “Where A Hundred Islands Cluster”. That in mind, you’ll noticed that all songs on this album pertain a reasonable length. I mean just enough for the band to excel in every proportion in order to have a solid sophisticated piece. And unlike other post-rock acts such as [ This Will Destroy You ] or [ Caspian ] for that matter, instrumental post-rock acts who usually resort to sudden dynamic distortions, colossal layers and masterful sheets of noise and percussion swirling in the background while ascending multi-chord progression piercing the atmosphere all at once, Eno’s approach to sophisticated sound takes on an entirely different form. A form that strikes me in the most unbelievable way, listening to the entire album over and over I can’t help but realize that beauty and elegance doesn’t necessary rely on brute force and aggressive distortion and that it could well be on sensitivity and simplicity and that’s exactly the case with Eno’s latest album.
These guys are capable of projecting moments of great beauty and subtlety through expressive eerie guitars, drums and keys. Check out the closing act for instance “And the Clouds of Northland Thunder”. This movement, like the rest of the album set the atmosphere with an ocean of static-ambience. It’s a slow and chill closure for sure, featuring drone-waves and thick electric guitars with a slow-paced drumming but as the track progresses, so does its intensity by stacking sombre layers that vividly captures Kodak moments in a park nearby or lonesome sceneries with a bit of nostalgia. I think those who followed Eno’s works from its early stages, “Stea.Alto” or “Must Correspond In Pattern” would firmly agree that the latest album actually expanded Eno’s emotional vocabulary. This latest title truly disarms with grace and elegance. So if you haven’t yet… BY ALL MEANS head to the relevant page and give “From the Lower Earth and Ocean” a thorough listen. I did on multiple occasions and haven’t turn back yet. EXCELLENT STUFF.