Writer, singer, composer and poet Rick Moody first gained widespread acclaim with his 1994 novel, The Ice Storm, a portrait of dysfunctional suburban life that plays out over the course of a long Thanksgiving weekend. In 1999, The New Yorker named Moody one of America’s most talented new writers, with a voice that constantly pushes the stylistic boundaries of modern literature. He has published five novels, three collections of short fiction and two nonfiction works. He also performs with the Wingdale Community Singers, an acoustic band that blends the sounds of old-time folk, gospel and bluegrass, with hints of rock and baroque chamber music to augment their arch, literary lyrics. Their most recent album is Night, Sleep, Death, released only on LP by Drag City. Moody will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Moody: Eno’s most recent ambient album is more ornate and a bit more orchestral than the three classics of this form, Discreet Music, Music For Airports and On Land. It is also separated from them by some decades. While for a long while I thought Eno’s interesting work had confined itself to his art installations (see, for example, 77 Million Paintings), beginning with Drums Between The Bells, he seems suddenly to have worked out some of the kinks. And Lux, if not radically different from ambient Eno as we already know him, is nonetheless extremely delightful. I have only just now come through a period in which I had to play this album every day. It lasted for more than a month, I think.
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