Release Date: Mar 20, 2020
Record label: Deutsche Grammophon
The first full-scale collaboration between brothers Roger and Brian Eno is a lengthy set of tone poems meant to evoke different colors and shades. Recorded over a 15-year period, the album simply began with Roger improvising melodies using a digital MIDI keyboard and sending them to Brian, who altered their timbres and textures. While Brian added treatments to Roger's 1985 solo debut, Voices, the pieces on Mixing Colours don't feel quite as windswept, nor do they get quite as dramatic.
By now you know that Brian Eno is an icon, some even going so far as to call him the godfather of ambient music. But you may not know that younger brother, pianist Roger Eno, is also a composer of tranquil sonic soundscapes. Together they teamed with ethereal guitarist Daniel Lanois for 1983’s classic ambient masterpiece Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.
For nearly four decades, Roger Eno has enjoyed a fruitful career, working on more than 30 LPs and soundtracks while collaborating with musicians like Laraaji and Peter Hammill. But no matter what Roger has achieved, he will always be known as Brian Eno's younger brother. It's not from a lack of trying to carve out his own career, which may explain why Mixing Colours stands as the sibling's first official collaboration.