Friday, February 08, 2008

Song of the day

"A Stream With Bright Fish", by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. Unusually for Canberra, today is grey and overcast (although, as we speak, the sun has appeared - as have, go figure, a few drops of rain - through a crack in what is otherwise an unbroken mass of cloud) - perfect listening conditions for Harold Budd, and specifically his collaboration with Brian Eno "The Pearl", which I bought, along with "Eden" by Everything But The Girl (the two albums have remarkably similar covers, although there the resemblance ends), on an expedition in early 1985 with Russell and Roger to the record shop at Monash University. The Budd and Eno I had been looking for for quite some time - thanks to the British music magazines I was aware of its existence, but, in those pre-digital days, the physical object had proved elusive. I should, too, have mentioned it as another record that was predicted by "After The Heat" (passim).