Drums Between the Bells

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Drums Between the Bells
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Studio album by
Released4 July 2011
GenreElectronic, experimental, ambient, spoken word
Brian Eno chronology
Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Drums Between the Bells
Panic of Looking

Drums Between the Bells is a collaboration album by Brian Eno and poet Rick Holland. It was released on 4 July 2011 on Warp Records in CD, double CD 'hardback', double vinyl and download editions.[1] "Glitch" was released in advance of the album, through Eno's mailing list in April 2011.[2]

In 2012 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 20,000 copies throughout Europe.[3]


Brian Eno met Rick Holland in the late 1990s, through the collaborative 'Map-Making' project. After creating their first music together in 2003, they met infrequently to work on new compositions. Following the release of Eno's Small Craft on a Milk Sea in 2010, the pair decided to complete their project. Drums Between the Bells is the result of their meetings (although their 2003 work does not appear on this album).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The A.V. ClubB−[5]
BBC Music(Positive)[6]
The Guardian[7]
Pitchfork Media(6.6/10)[8]
Rolling Stone[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes[12]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Brian Eno, with poems written by Rick Holland.

Disc one
  1. "Bless This Space"[13][14]
  2. "Glitch"
  3. "Dreambirds"
  4. "Pour It Out"
  5. "Seedpods"
  6. "The Real"
  7. "The Airman"
  8. "Fierce Aisles of Light"
  9. "As If Your Eyes Were Partly Closed As If You Honed the Swirl Within Them and Offered Me the World"
  10. "A Title"
  11. "Sounds Alien"
  12. "Dow"
  13. "Instant Gold" (iTunes Store bonus track)
  14. "Multimedia"
  15. "In the Future" (Japan CD bonus track)
  16. "Cloud 4"
  17. "Silence"
  18. "Breath of Crows"
Disc two (instrumentals; limited edition only)
  1. "Seeded"
  2. "Pour"
  3. "Bird Dreaming"
  4. "Itch"
  5. "Fiercer Aisles"
  6. "Real"
  7. "Spaced"
  8. "Dense Air"
  9. "Another Title"
  10. "Nikkei"
  11. "Cloud 5"
  12. "Alienated"
  13. "As If Your Eyes"
  14. "Monomedia"
  15. "Crows"


As well as Eno and Holland, the album features the voices of Grazyna Goworek, Caroline Wildi, Laura Spagnuolo, Elisha Mudly Aylie Cooke, Nick Robertson, and Anastasia Afonina. Design and art direction, Nick Robertson. Imagery, Brian Eno & Nick Robertson[15]


  1. ^ Brian Eno | Drums Between The Bells Archived 20 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Cragg, Michael (19 April 2011). "New music: Brian Eno – Glitch | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Impala Sales Award-Preisträger 2012". vut. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ Drums Between the Bells – Brian Eno | AllMusic
  5. ^ Harvey, Eric (4 July 2011). "Drums Between The Bells". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  6. ^ BBC – Music – Review of Drums Between the Bells – Brian Eno
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (1 July 2011). "Brian Eno: Drums Between the Bells – review". The Guardian. London.
  8. ^ Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Brian Eno / Rick Holland: Drums Between the Bells
  9. ^ Drums Between the Bells by Brian Eno | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews
  10. ^ Brian Eno: Drums Between the Bells | Music Review | Slant Magazine
  11. ^ Brian Eno, 'Drums Between the Bells' (Warp) | SPIN.com
  12. ^ Brian Eno – Drums Between The Bells | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes
  13. ^ "Warp / Records / Releases / Brian Eno / Drums Between The Bells". Warp.net. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  14. ^ Midnight, Kid (19 April 2011). "Brian Eno to release Drums Between the Bells on Warp, will likely be epic | News Article". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Brian Eno Drums Between The Bells Info, Sounds". Stereogum. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.

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