Jennifer Van Dyck's narration conveys a sense of urgency to the text of Brian Eno's Another Green World, Geeta Dayal's obsessively written ode. Dayal's highly perceptive take on this famous album is not just for fans of Eno's music. Anyone interested in what it means to make art, to compose, and produce music will find something of value here. The music in the album often seems closer to painting then to music - expressive, organic, meditative - and Dayal's writing conveys this interesting cross-sensory experience through the incorporation of research, interviews, and her own informed sensibility about Brian Eno's art making and art influences.
The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof of concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musical instrument", and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking about music. In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundant mysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound. How was an album this cohesive and refined formed in such a seemingly ad hoc way? How were electronics and layers of synthetic treatments used to create an album so redolent of the natural world? How did a deck of cards figure into all of this? Here, through interviews and archival research, she unearths the strange story of how Another Green World formed the link to Eno's future - foreshadowing his metamorphosis from unlikely glam rocker to sonic painter and producer.
"Dayal's lucid, elegant deconstruction of Brian Eno's most beguiling album is also an inspiring, delightful inquiry into the nature of creativity and constraint. Anyone interested in art making needs to read this." (Ed Park, author of Personal Days)
"...the best short introduction to Eno's work and ethos going."(The Wire)