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Brian Eno, ‘Lux’

Brian Eno is best known for more high-profile gigs as coproducer of U2 and cofounder of Roxy Music, but on his own he has released cryptic sets of synth-processed music that have been historic as well as baffling. His minimalist, massage-table sound falls somewhere between pacifying and narcoleptic, depending on one’s taste. This new album is a marked return to the avant-garde experimentalism of his “Music for Airports” (1978) and parts of “Discreet Music” (1975). It’s an acquired taste, but is undeniably calming with its softly vibrating, reverb-rich piano and synth improvisations, enhanced by exotic Moog guitar from Leo Abrahams and treated violin-viola textures from Neil Catchpole. The 76-minute opus is spliced into four sections: “Lux 1” is the most meditative (the album was originally conceived to be played at an art installation at Royal Palace of Venaria Reale in Italy), followed by the more emotive “Lux 2,” the bass-heavy “Lux 3,” and the gentle climax of “Lux 4.” Is everyone still awake? If so, you’ll like this. (Out now) STEVE MORSE