Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts 2xLP
Mixing elements of world, funk, dub and electronic music has for the most part turned out to be a recipe for disaster. All too many have attempted this mix with a glossy shine and a clumsy hand and without fail have produced pretty tepid attempts at cross cultural imagination. From 1979-1980, Brian Eno and David Byrne recorded their take on this fusion, years before it became chic. Of course with just the right kind of careful and talented hands, they were actually able to make those elements come together and create a brand new language. What's so nice about hearing this reissue is how it's both ahead of its time but also so contemporary of the early '80s as well. With moments that bring you back to the bits on early Talking Heads records and with a recording quality so refreshingly raw and primitive. This record was recorded by a large ensemble cast including Bill Laswell who was just then starting his band Material with lots of the same ideas and elements. While not totally related in exact sound, we can totally see how many of today's cross cultural sonic explorers were influenced by this record. There's no doubt these were sounds soaked up by the best hip-hop & electronic producers of the '80s and '90s as well as folks like Animal Collective and Excepeter. Essential.