SOURCE: Rykodisc

May 04, 2005 16:00 ET

Rykodisc Set to Release New Brian Eno Album

"Another Day On Earth" Marks Official Re-Launch of Hannibal Records

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2005 -- Top independent label Rykodisc announced today the June 14th release of "Another Day On Earth," the long-awaited new album by Brian Eno. Officially a Rykodisc/Hannibal release, this landmark album will mark the rebirth of the Hannibal imprint in the US. "Another Day On Earth" is Eno's first solo song-based work in decades. This album is a unique combination of words and soundscapes by one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures.

Best known in the field of music, but a dynamic lecturer, visual artist, writer, political activist and futurologist, Eno's discography as a musician, producer and artistic collaborator includes some of the most acclaimed recordings in modern music. Artists as seminal yet varied as John Cale, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, U2 and Peter Gabriel have chosen to collaborate with Eno, and he is one of the most sought after figures working across the spectrum of modern music.

Appropriated by Rykodisc in the early '90s, Hannibal Records was founded in 1980. Throughout its existence, the label has been known for its individuality, breadth of style and an astonishing array of wonderful music from many countries and cultures. Throughout its tenure, Hannibal has always sought and found that elusive, alchemical essence shared by diverse music of all kinds: timeless resonance and quality. Hannibal boasts an impressive artist roster including Robert Wyatt, Phil Manzanera, Richard Thompson, ¡Cubanismo!, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Virginia Rodrigues and now Brian Eno.

Eno's early dedication to the musical avant garde was always steeped in wit and a passionate regard for the classic history of purely popular music from American doo-wop through the volatile lullabies of The Velvet Underground to the eerie soundscapes of Can. Speaking in 1997, Eno defined his relationship to pop in a characteristically succinct and aphoristic aside: "I have never thought that popular music was about making music in the traditional sense of the word;" he said, "it is about creating new, imaginary worlds and inviting people to join them."

With this in mind, Eno's role as a founding member of the avant-pop group Roxy Music can still be regarded as one of the most accomplished debuts in the history of modern rock. Following Roxy Music, Eno embarked on a typically eclectic yet interconnected set of projects. His instrumental music, and most significantly the creation of ambient music, continues to have enormous influence over contemporary music-making. Two notable solo albums, "Here Come The Warm Jets" and "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)," matched Eno's exuberant surrealism as a lyricist to his warmly melodic vocal style, a combination that has re-surfaced and is beautifully refined on "Another Day On Earth."

Each track on "Another Day..." has its own unique structure and atmosphere. The overall work is one of subtlety, vision, idiosyncrasy and maturity.

About Rykodisc:

Founded in 1983, Rykodisc was the world's first CD-only label and the company that 're-invented the re-issue.' Rykodisc is headquartered in New York City, has offices in the UK, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and is active in over fifty countries. The Rykodisc vault spans over one thousand albums including the Frank Zappa catalog as well as the Penalty, Hannibal and Tradition labels. For additional information on Rykodisc and its artists, please visit www.rykodisc.com.

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