FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE is the 22nd solo studio album from Brian Eno, the first since 2017’s Reflection, and it’s a sonically beguiling but ultimately optimistic exploration of the narrowing, precarious future of humanity and our planet.
FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE was recorded and produced by Eno at his studio in West London and finds him handling vocals on the majority of tracks, which makes it a first since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. It’s a sonically beguiling, ultimately optimistic exploration of the narrowing, precarious future of humanity and our planet. As Eno himself concludes, “Briefly, we need to fall in love again, but this time with Nature, with Civilization and with our hopes for the future.”
A vocal album as mentioned, FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE is made up of 10 distinct songs and Brian has experimented on the record using tonal over major chord changes, “My voice has changed, it’s lowered, it’s become a different personality I can sing from. I don’t want to sing like a teenager, it can be melancholy, a bit regretful. As for writing songs again - it’s more landscapes, but this time with humans in them. I like creating worlds, that's what I do as an artist, creating sonic worlds. Now after quite a long absence of humans in those worlds I have tried putting one in and seeing how they feel in the world I've made."
Released in July as an introduction to the new album, “There Were Bells” was written by Brian Eno for a performance by him and his brother Roger at UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis in August 2021. It was 45 degrees in Athens on the day of the concert with wildfires raging just outside the city, prompting his introductory comment "I thought, here we are at the birthplace of Western civilization, probably witnessing the end of it.” In addition to “There Were Bells,” the song “We Let It In” also provides a poignant reminder of the current climate emergency, a theme explored throughout the album.