Brian Eno teams with Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams for Warp debut

English ambient pioneer Brian Eno has partnered with fellow crossover artists Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams to release his next album, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, out November 2 on Warp Records. The album, available as CD and high-quality download, will also be available in a limited-edition or collectors’-edition box set, both designed by Eno.

We don’t know how Small Craft on a Milk Sea will sound yet, but Hopkins and Abrahams are excellent picks for collaboration.  Hopkins’ 2009 album Insides made our list of 50 unheralded albums from last year.

The limited-edition box set will include a heavyweight vinyl, two CDs, and a lithographic print, all packaged in a birch-paper-covered slipcase with printed and foil-blocked cover and spine. The 12” vinyl and CD are to be in full color, lined in a crimson stock with foil blocks. An extra disc including four tracks and a 12” square lithographic print of original Eno artwork printed on 352gsm Mohawk Superfine stock are also included.

The collectors’-edition box set, in addition to the entire contents of the limited-edition set, will contain a signed, customized 12” square Eno silkscreen combining screen-printed elements by Eno and graphic artist Nick Robertson, along with a real copper plate etched with the title and edition number embedded in the slipcase spine of the vinyl. Only 250 copies will be available worldwide, with pre-orders available live at 3 p.m. (UK) on August 25 here.

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