Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts


Equally sample driven and jungle-beat influenced, Eno and Byrne’s experiment is a high point on both artists’ careers. Recorded between 1979-80, the vocals on the album were completely sample based, ranging from political rants to Southern preachers to readings from the Qur’an. The melodies are funky and foreboding and the arrangements are ahead of their time. The track “Very, Very Hungry” is distinctly familiar to some of Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion” and while Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” sample is credited to Herb Alpert’s 1979 smooth funk single “Rise“, the same bassline can be found in Eno and Byrne’s “Regiment” on the album. “Help me Somebody” is the standout track on the album. New Orleans’ own Rev Paul Morton is sampled giving a sermon throughout the song. The track is undeniably catchy and vaguely ghostly hearing Paul Morton insist that the listener “need[s] to take a good look yourself and see if you’re the kind of person that God wants you to be.” I can’t recommend purchasing this album enough. Check out “Help me somebody” here.

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