Daniel LanoisFlesh and Machine
Category:Instrumental Album of the Year
Throughout a storied career as a musician, producer and engineer, Daniel Lanois helped push the ambient genre forward into celestial new territory as Brian Eno’s foremost protégé; he has recorded landmark albums for U2 and Peter Gabriel and helped to revitalize the sonic dimensions of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But Flesh and Machine marked the first time Lanois truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal in hopes that it may reach the position of headphone album of the year.
Flesh And Machine was initially conceived as an ambient album, and tracks such as “Forest City” take the classic Brian Eno albums that he worked on Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks (1983) as a wonderful bedrock to stand on to see the sonic future. The album bristles with new ideas. He spent countless hours processing an array of source sounds – steel and electric guitar, piano and human voice – to create the sound palette that is Flesh and Machine.