Pitchfork writes of Daniel Lanois’ new album Goodbye to Language, “using only pedal steel, lap steel, and effects, Lanois turns traditional sounds into ambient and effortless music, brilliantly masking the complexity of its source.”
As if to emphasize the very point, Lanois has released a video for the track “Satie” via site Aquarium Drunkard. The clip features Lanois and collaborator Rocco Deluca utilizing lap steel and pedal steel guitars to create a sound that seems far beyond the known limits of the instruments.
View the clip for Daniel Lanois’ “Satie” care of Aquarium Drunkard: http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2016/09/15/daniel-lanois-satie/
A profoundly expressive work, Goodbye to Language recalls Lanois’ pivotal work with Eno as well as the sounds he used to form iconic albums like Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, U2’s pivotal Achtung Baby, and works by Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris and others, as well his own last album Flesh And Machine.
Critical Acclaim for Goodbye to Language
"His genius is to seize sounds that appear commonly in the language of song (weepy gospel cadences, clipped rock chords, the ever-graceful sound of the steel guitar) and then fracture them into bits and gorgeously shimmering droplets, removed from their usual narrative context. Where they can signify anything, or nothing." - NPR Music
"Goodbye to Language is a powerful, intoxicating album and one of Lanois' best works in at least a decade. " Allmusic
“A deeply beautiful record that redefines the word meditative and shimmers with breathtaking passages of unhurried, received music” - allaboutjazz.com
“Lanois is taking the spacious ambience of Belladonna and Flesh and Machine further beyond his previously established orbits. Best of all, it represents that childish notion that music can be pretty much whatever you want it to be—a thought that too many professionals easily abandon.” - Popmatters
“Its beauty and sheer effervescence create a tranquility all its own.” - No Depression
“Painted with abstract ideas and intense emotions, twisting traditional instrumentation into futuristic dreamscapes… Goodbye to Language is an engaging exercise in both musical speaking and listening.” - exclaim!
“Deploying a variety of effects, Lanois conjures a veritable sonic mood board, with tracks like opener ‘Low Sudden’ proffering the same majestic chordal clouds he lent to Brian Eno’s celestial Apollo : Atmospheres & Soundtracks album, while ‘Three Hills’ is all crystalline glissando shimmers and ‘Heavy Sun,’ with its semi-industrial drones, might have fallen off an early David Lynch soundtrack.” - Mojo
“Using only pedal steel, lap steel, and effects, Lanois turns traditional sounds into ambient and effortless music, brilliantly masking the complexity of its source… the music gives the illusion of being something sourceless, something created without effort—not product, but pure being; not labor, but freedom” - Pitchfork