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In 1983, Brian Eno released Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, an ambient album that included music that was used to score a documentary about the Apollo moon mission. Teaming up with his brother Roger Eno and producer Daniel Lanois, Eno created a work that conveyed an eerie sense of deep space. In 2012, the British new music ensemble Icebreaker released Apollo, a live recording in which it covered the original in an arrangement by Korean composer Woojun Lee. Special guest BJ Cole—a British pedal steel guitarist who has performed with Elton John, T. Rex, and The Verve—appears on five cuts. The opener, "Signals," establishes the album’s general mood: mysterious, quietly awestruck, and a little forlorn. “Under Stars II” moves at a glacial pace as it evokes the slow, hypnotic movement of bodies through outer space. About halfway through Apollo, Cole begins to lend his lovely tones to the music. “Deep Blue Day,” a piece that recalls Eno’s pop songs of the '70s, is nicely fleshed out by Cole’s subtle touch. “An Ending (Ascent) II” closes the album with pedal steel tones wrapped in a setting as fine as gauze.

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Apollo

Sublime!

Blast Off

NASA should hire these guys as their house band.

Biography

Formed: 1996

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New Yorker Alexander Perls and Londoner Simon Break met each other while Perls was attending school in London, eventually joining up with Glen Johnson in Piano Magic. After leaving the Piano Magic stable, Perls and Break formed the highly conceptual electro-acoustic duo Icebreaker. With funding provided by the NATOarts board of directors, Distant Early Warning was released in September of 1999 through Aesthetics. Like the Rush song of the same name, the record took its name from (and was inspired...
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