David Byrne and Brian Eno have just unveiled their latest collaboration, and first since the analog experimentalism of 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, in a simultaneous digital release and physical copy pre-order on their website… an increasingly common practice since the innovative success of In Rainbows. Considering that 27 years separate the two, it’s not surprising that Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a very different work than their initial opus. Described as “electronic gospel” by both David Byrne and Brian Eno, the songs are composed in a far more conventional fashion this time around with Eno providing the music for Byrne to embellish and then complete with lyrics and vocals. Listen to “Strange Overtones” down below and you’ll realize that this is also a much more pop-oriented affair.
While their original collaboration reflected the dying analog age, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is primarily a product of (and concerned with) the digital age, both in its construction and method of distribution. The album was released without any record label affiliation as a digital download, digital + CD combo, or “Deluxe Edition” (which includes four bonus tracks, a short film about the album, a miniature hardbound book, and screensaver), all of which are exclusive to their website. You can also stream the entire album there.