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Perhaps the most prolific and innovative non-musician ever, former Roxy Music member Brian Eno has consistently produced groundbreaking albums for almost 40 years without ever having played an instrument.
Lux, his third album for Warp records, is arguably his best for the label. Divided into four parts, each shy of 20 minutes in length, he creates some of his most reflective ambient music since 1978's Ambient 1: Music For Airports, which was also constructed in a similar way.
Lux almost seems designed for this autumnal-wintry, leaf-season that we find ourselves in but actually it's not.
It's designed to be played in an art gallery in Turin, which is what it was originally commissioned for. Certainly the album's abstract and unassuming tones would be a good accompaniment for looking at paintings too.
Eno even previewed the album at Tokyo's Haneda airport four days before its release. How much more pretentious can you get? Not very - but at least we can't hear Eno's ego.