Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hybrid by Michael Brook

Breathless, intimate,
Distant yet immediate,
Hybrid is so lush.

Michael Brook's 1985 solo debut album, Hybrid, obviously isn't new. I discovered it and him via David Sylvian's live album Damage on which Michael plays along with Robert Fripp.

Produced with contributions from Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, Hybrid features some of the most beautiful ambient guitar playing I've ever heard. The guitar has a muted timbre that gives it the quality of a distant vocal while at the same time the compositions have an immediacy, a present intimacy.

Give it a listen on YouTube and decide for yourself.

I highly recommend Hybrid for anyone who is a fan of progressive ambient music. And now I can't wait to find out more about what Brook has been doing in the nearly 30 years since.

Brook's website is where you can find a lot of music freely available for download.

I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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