Brian Eno and Fred again.. have cooked up a collaborative album called Secret Life that’s out today via Four Tet’s Text Records. Stream the album, along with a secret three-hour version, below.
Four Tet announced Secret Life on social media, calling it “the most beautiful album of 2023.” The project will be available on CD and vinyl (details are forthcoming). Additionally, he revealed a Secret Life radio station that “has been broadcasting every day for a while at 10:00 p.m. UK time.”
The record isn’t the first collaboration between Fred again.. and Eno. The DJ grew up next to Eno, and as a teenager, he joined an a cappella group at the producer’s studio. The two artists worked together professionally for the first time in 2014, when Fred Again.. worked as a songwriter on Eno and Karl Hyde’s albums Someday World and High Life. Fred again.. also served as co-producer on the former project.
Despite contributing to classic albums by David Bowie and Talking Heads (not to mention his own works), Eno talked up Fred again..’s skills as a producer in an interview with Apple Music last year. Describing his penchant for “non-linear” loops that cut off quickly in songs, he gushed, “I started listening to music differently when I watched how Fred was making it.”
The project also reunites Fred again.. and Four Tet, who recently closed out Coachella alongside Skrillex when Frank Ocean dropped out of the California festival. Before that, the artists played a marathon show at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Skrillex’s recent albums Quest for Fire and Don’t Get Too Close.
Secret Life follows Eno’s 2022 album FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE, as well as the standalone single “Who Are We.”
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The album Secret Life by Fred again and Brian Eno is coming out on my label Text Records on Friday
— Four Tet (@FourTet) May 2, 2023