Brothers Roger and Brian Eno have announced Mixing Colours, their first-ever joint album.
The record, to be released on March 20 through Deutsche Grammophon, will be typically ambient and explore the “immersive nature of sound, its colours, textures and history” and will be made up of 18 songs in total.
Speaking about the project, Roger said: “We weren’t directing this towards an end result—it was like a back-and-forth conversation we were having over a 15-year period,” statement. “I’d wake up, go straight upstairs, put my equipment on and improvise, then I sent things to Brian that I thought he might be interested in. The idea for a full album emerged as the number of pieces kept increasing and the results kept being interesting. It’s something that neither of us could have arrived at alone.”
Having released their first single ‘Celeste’, as a taster of the record, Brian Eno said: “With classical instruments, the clarinet represents a little island of sound, the viola another, and the grand piano yet another. Each instrument is a finite set of sonic possibilities, one island in the limitless ocean of all the possible sounds that you could make.
“What’s happened with electronics is that all the spaces in between those islands are being explored, yielding new sounds that have never previously existed. It has been a huge pleasure for me to explore that ocean with Roger’s unique compositions.”
Stream the first track, below.