This Floating World LP + CD
Recital 38 / USA / 207
The newest solo work by Roger Eno in nearly a decade. This Floating World holds rustic and melancholic piano works, as grey and mossy as a country cottage. I hear the LP chiming from the dark corners of a pub, soaking in the damp wood like spilled ale. I first fell in love with Roger’s music with his 1985 debut album Voices, and later rediscovered Roger Eno in a different light with his 1997 album The Music of Neglected English Composers. His compositional sensibilities remind me of my favorite recent English composers… Hobbs, White, Bryars, Skempton, etc. This Floating World feels like a hybrid of these two styles, a melding of both his ambient and ‘prelude’-esque compositions. Warm and feathered furniture music. An antique on the shelf gifted from an a cherished relative. A curious fellow, with a knack for tracing the understated beauties of this world. In addition to the lovely LP, Roger wrote some brief stories which are set in a 12-page booklet alongside his photography.