John Diliberto’s echoes featured a teaser track from the new album by Brian Eno. “There were bells’ is as solemn and apocalyptic as that album title suggests“. The new album, which will be a vocal album (the first since Another Day on Earth in 2005), will be released in October 2022.
John: “I always thought that recording was one of Eno’s most underrated works. It’s called FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE and judging from the first single, “There Were Bells”, it’s going to be a very solemn affair. “There Were Bells” is a lovely, hymnal-like lament and is about as ambient as a song can be and still have coherent lyrics. And those lyrics are pretty doomy and apocalyptic. It starts out with a pastoral narrative of birds and skies before it descends into a mannered vocal performance that sounds like last call from the pulpit of doom as Eno summons up his longstanding fear of climate change, something in which he’s been very proactive in stopping.”
This is what Brian Eno writes on his website:
“I’m more and more convinced that our only hope of saving our planet is if we begin to have different feelings about it: specifically, if we become re-enchanted by the amazing improbability of life, suffer regret and even shame at what we’ve already lost and feel exhilarated by the challenges we face and what might yet become possible. Briefly, we need to fall in love again, but this time with Nature, with Civilisation and with our hopes for the future.”