Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno supposedly dreamed up the genre while he was hospitalized from a car accident in the 1970s and became fascinated by the way music from his radio blended in with a rainstorm outside. His newest, mostly ambient album, The Ship, embodies the vast, peaceful melancholy common to ambient, with synths that ebb into light static and flow into full string parts. “The Ship” and “Fickle Sun (i)” are both stimulating, gargantuan, at times intense tracks, about 20 minutes each, that lead into the serene, after-the-war relief of the final two ballad tracks.


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