Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde Collaborate On ‘Someday World’

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Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde collaborated on an album set for release in May on Warp Records. The nine-track Someday World, which was produced by Eno with 22-year-old Fred Gibson, features a string of prominent guests including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro.

Obligatory press release gush from Brian Eno: “A lot of the nicer cities I know are cities built on hills, and the cities are beautiful because the buildings have a challenge to adapt to. They have to mould themselves around the geology that they’ve formed upon. And that always makes for very interesting buildings, because they can’t just be blocks, they have to somehow morph around the environment. A lot of the constructions on the album were deliberately irregular and awkward. I had a big collection of ‘beginnings’ sitting around waiting for something to galvanise them into life, to make them more than just ‘experiments’. That something turned out to be Karl Hyde.”

Obligatory press release gush from Karl Hyde: “It’s a bit like being nine years old again. You have no idea what you’ve just been given, the record button has been pressed and you’re on. And then these unlikely patterns start to happen. The biggest surprise was discovering we both had a love of Afrobeat, Cyclical music based in live playing. When Brian played me these early tracks it was, ‘Oh my god, this is home! Can I borrow a guitar?”

A special double-CD version of Someday World featuring four bonus songs as well as CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital formats are available for pre-order from the store.

Underworld’s Karl Hyde Plots Debut Solo UK Art Exhibit

Even though Underworld are in the midst of prepping for the London Olympics (they’re the music directors, in case you were unaware), Karl Hyde has announced his first UK solo art exhibition taking place this summer. The exhibition titled “What’s Going on in Your Head When You’re Dancing?” — which was shown at the La Foret Museum in Tokyo — will be presented at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London between July 17 and 10th August.

Obligatory press gush about his work: “Hyde’s large-scale paintings, diptych and triptychs, are entirely abstract gestural works, which have an affinity to both abstract expressionism and Japanese calligraphy. Painted on paper or packing cardboard with very large soft brushes and drawn into with charcoal and pastel, in some works one single gesture runs the length of the surface, in others marks combine into something more rhythmically complex. Hyde will often sit in front of the blank support, rehearsing the action he is about to take in his head before he begins the work itself, in much the same way as he rehearses the movements he will make across the stage during a performance. In the exhibition these paintings will be accompanied by more intimate pencil drawings and scroll like works in pencil and gouache on Japanese fold-out books, which describe driving through the chaotic urban environment of cities such as Tokyo and Miami.”