The Los Angeles Times is premiering a new track and film today from the highly anticipated album Flesh and Machine by noted musician and producer Daniel Lanois. The song “Iceland” finds a stately simple melody evolving into something absolutely haunting and transcendent. The sound and building structure of the track are greatly reminiscent of Lanois’ groundbreaking work with Brian Eno. Flesh And Machine arrives October 28th. Watch the video clip here href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-daniel-lanois-iceland-album-flesh-machine-20140929-story.html">LA Times.
The song also comes with an appropriately evocative film created by Jim McKay who has directed episodes of shows The Wire, Treme and Big Love. He explains his unique vision below:
“The invitation to find or create images to accompany one of Daniel Lanois' songs was exciting for me. I was especially drawn to the track, 'Iceland,' firstly because it's absolutely beautiful but also because of its deceptive simplicity.”
Daniel Lanois on the video:"What a wonderful surprise to have my music elevated by this beautiful Jim McKay film. A striking one camera, one shot, no edits journey through the imagination of a young girl dancing in a forest setting. The origin of this music was a one take performance by Brian Blade on drums with me on piano. Jim's one shot reflects this perfectly. My sound manipulations are then visually echoed by the visual manipulations added to Jim's work by my colorist friend, Adam Vollick. A sweet little film with a big emotional result. Thank you, Jim."
“Iceland” exemplifies the beautiful and elegiac side of Flesh and Machine and presents a dramatic counterpoint to the propulsive soundscape of “Opera” previously glimpsed in a stunning performance video released via href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/09/09/daniel-lanois-flesh-and-machine-opera/">The Wall Street Journal. NPR Music's Robin Hilton called it “dark and glossy, full of drama, with a brilliant build to it that grows more and more chaotic. Lanois says he wanted to make the year's best headphones album. If "Opera" is any indication, he may have pulled it off.”
This November 10th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Lanois will curate Anti-Thesis. The evening will feature performances from Lanois, The Antlers and Tinarawen as well as special guest Lonnie Holley. It is a celebration of music from vastly different origins which exists outside of traditional genres, structures and rules.