Harold Budd and Brian Eno - The Pearl

Album cover

  1. Late October (4:38)
  2. A Stream With Bright Fish (3:56)
  3. The Silver Ball (3:31)
  4. Against The Sky (4:51)
  5. Lost In The Humming Air (4:24)
  6. Dark-Eyed Sister (4:38)
  7. Their Memories (2:57)
  8. The Pearl (3:13)
  9. Foreshadowed (3:54)
  10. An Echo Of Night (2:23)
  11. Still Return (4:17)

EG, 1984

A pleasing piece of minimalist ambient from the guru of the genre, featuring pianist Harold Budd. The bare soundscape is created using just a studio-treated piano. It's not really listening music, in fact I've only used it in a new-agey relaxing way to get to sleep. As far as I can tell though, short snatches of melodies just bubble away delicately, without ever coming together. Goes well with the dimly-lit impressionist art on the cover.

October 27, 2003

7 out of 10

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