Dedicated to Russian artist Sergei Shutov and his fine art installations, the outcome on this album hails back to Eno’s thoughtful ambient explorations from the mid ’70’s.
On “The Shutov Assembly”, a lush and elusive charm is key in each of the ten slightly experimental flavoured and quite minimal moodscapes. I for one feel there’s a distinct nocturnal and atmospheric darkness slumbering on each of the tracks, airing contemplation and airiness as it ascends into and wanders through deep textural, slow breathing territory while leaving a hallucinatory, hypnotizing and a bit foreboding scent behind.
Elements from “Music for Airports”, “On Land” and “Thursday Afternoon” all come to mind at times, but still the liquid, abstract-oriented movements making up “The Shutov Assembly” (considered one of Eno’s best by many ambient aficionados) stay a different sonic breed despite incorporating similar ephemeral effect and quietness.
Late 2014, a 2-disc extended edition of this remarkable soundscape work was released.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Brian Eno artist page
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