Brian Eno, that musical wizard and avant-est of gardes, is hooking up again with poet Rick Holland for another round of ambient space music meets spoken word poetry. Panic Of Looking is a six-track EP that’s shaping up to resemble its forerunner, Drums Between The Bells, with plenty of ambiguous rhymes and rhythms. Sticks will click, watts will be got, and very likely your brain will feel slightly more melted than usual after listening. The title track, which you can stream below, is as spacey as they come, plenty of twinkling keyboard sounds and drums that may or may not have been recorded underwater.
Eno once played the keys for glam rockers Roxy Music but got tired of the rock ‘n’ roll life and retreated to the studio. There he churned out enough ambient music to be called one of its founding fathers. He’s also quite the producer, and you may have heard of some of his clients: David Bowie, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, U2, to name a few. Eno met Holland in the late 1990s, and the two collaborated on and off. Now though they’ve got a full-blown creative partnership, with Bells out just a little more than two months ago and Looking dropping November 8 on Warp.