“Daniel Lanois’ unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He scripted the signature sound of the biggest records from U2 and Peter Gabriel and breathed new life into artists like Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson.” – Rolling Stone
“Lanois turns traditional sounds into ambient and effortless music, brilliantly masking the complexity of its source.” – Pitchfork
Legendary producer Daniel Lanois comes to the Arts Centre. The Canadian guitarist, singer, and songwriter produced two of Bob Dylan’s finest late-career records, Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind. With the electronic pioneer Brian Eno, he produced some of U2’s best-regarded albums, including The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Lanois also produced classic records by artists like the Neville Brothers and Emmylou Harris, and his own records are both highly praised and frequently heard.
Lanois’ latest album Goodbye to Language, out now, powerfully demonstrates what happens when a visionary artist tosses aside preconceived limitations of song and/or language to explore the emotional resonance of pure soundscapes. Goodbye to Language was constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar, Daniel on the steel and his mate Rocco Deluca on the lap steel with compositional rigour that recalls the 20th century dreamscapes of Ravel and Debussy merged with a sense of sonic futurism.
A profoundly expressive work, Goodbye to Language recalls Lanois’ pivotal work with Eno as well as the sounds he used to form iconic albums like Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, U2’s pivotal Achtung Baby, and works by Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris and others, as well his own last album Flesh And Machine.
Popmatters says of Daniel Lanois’ new album Goodbye to Language, “it represents that childish notion that music can be pretty much whatever you want it to be—a thought that too many professionals easily abandon.”
Read Rolling Stone’s chat with the atmospheric producer-composer about making records with U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno
and more here
Yorkshire based composer Thomas Ragsdale melds cinematic electronica with immersive soundscapes and blissful techno workouts.
His music has been featured with great effect in two groundbreaking BBC documentaries by Adam Curtis including the acclaimed ‘HyperNormalisation’, where his track ‘Warning Mass’ was featured extensively alongside the likes of Brian Eno, Burial and Aphex Twin.
Having composed and released soundtracks for feature films premiering at Film4’s prestigious FightFest and EPs with lavish packaging backed with personally intimate subject matters, Thomas’ music evokes spacious resonance and emotional response. His music is also regularly featured on Mary Anne Hobbs BBC 6 Music playlist.
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