Brian Eno covers The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Set Free’ on new album ‘The Ship’

New album on Warp part-inspired by The Titanic

Electronic pioneer Brian Eno has announced a new album, The Ship, to be released on April 29.

The former Roxy Music member and experimental pioneer – who released his last album ‘LUX’ in 2012 on Warp Records – returns with ‘The Ship’ a two track, a 48-minute long LP that explores Eno’s focus on ambience and atmosphere.

According to recent press releases the album was in part inspired by The Titanic, with one of the albums two tracks, Fickle Sun, split into three distinct movements. The first hears a poem narrated by British actor Peter Serafinowicz, while the last movement, ‘Im Set Free’ is a cover of The Velvet Underground‘s song of the same name.


In a press release, Eno said the song “seems even more relevant now than it did” when it was written in the late ’60s. “Perhaps anybody who’s read Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens will recognize the quiet irony of ‘I’m set free to find a new illusion’… and its implication that when we step out of our story we don’t step into ‘the truth’ – whatever that might be – but into another story.”


Read Eno’s full official statement on the album below.

“On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.

“One of the starting points was my fascination with the First World War, that extraordinary trans-cultural madness that arose out of a clash of hubris between empires. It followed immediately after the sinking of the Titanic, which to me is its analogue. The Titanic was the Unsinkable Ship, the apex of human technical power, set to be Man’s greatest triumph over nature. The First World War was the war of materiel, ‘over by Christmas’, set to be the triumph of Will and Steel over humanity. The catastrophic failure of each set the stage for a century of dramatic experiments with the relationships between humans and the worlds they make for themselves.

“I was thinking of those vast dun Belgian fields where the First World War was agonisingly ground out; and the vast deep ocean where the Titanic sank; and how little difference all that human hope and disappointment made to it. They persist and we pass in a cloud of chatter.”

The Ship Tracklist:
01. The Ship
02. Fickle Sun (i) Fickle Sun (ii) The Hour Is Thin (iii) I’m Set Free


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