Song: And Then So Clear
Artist: Brian Eno
This grave, gentle song feels like a eulogy delivered up for a some dearly beloved individual whose life was cut short far too soon. Eno sings through a vocoder, pitching his voice eerily upwards; the net effect is reedy and processed, suggesting the spooky image of an alien visitor looking down on a dying planet earth, noting how much promise the place once held, how much was thoughtlessly squandered. It’s an evocative, deeply reflective song, the tenor of which is very much in keeping with its companion tracks on Another Day On Earth, Eno’s 2005 solo studio album (the first one in 25 years in which the hugely influential musician and producer actually sang, and a project which took four years to realize). Eno’s concern for the natural environment and humanity’s impact on it is a prime thematic mover and the result is a series of intricately distilled songs which gracefully navigate around the treacherous shoals of preachiness and eye-glazing cliches. And Then So Clear is an austere, poetic gem of a song which keeps reverberating.