‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’

Brian Eno 

‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’


Brian Eno has shared ‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’ from his new album ‘The Ship’, a cover of a track originally written by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground.

In the context of the album ‘I'm Set Free’ is the third and final part of ‘Fickle Sun’ and the closing statement of ‘The Ship’ itself, combining soaring strings with the late Lou Reed’s ever-prescient lyrics.

Released on 29 April, ‘The Ship’ is available to preorder on CD, Vinyl and digital formats, with an instant download of ‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’ and the album’s title track, at:

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Also available on iTunes and Amazon

  1. Brian Eno - The Ship
  2. Brian Eno - Fickle Sun (i)
  3. Brian Eno - Fickle Sun (ii) The Hour Is Thin
  4. Brian Eno - Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free

Brian Eno • The Fickle Sun (iii) I'm Set Free

“The first time I ever heard [The Velvet Underground] was on a John Peel radio show… it was when their first album came out and I thought “This I like! This I want to know about!”. I was having a huge crisis at the time. Am I going to be a painter or am I somehow going to get into music. And I couldn’t play anything so music was the less obvious choice. Then, when I heard The Velvet Underground I thought, “you can do both actually”. It was a big moment for me.

“That particular song always resonated with me but it took about 25 years before I thought about the lyrics. “I’m set free, to find a new illusion”. Wow. That’s saying we don’t go from an illusion to reality (the western idea of “Finding The Truth”) but rather we go from one workable solution to another more workable solution.

Subsequently I think we aren’t able and actually don’t particularly care about the truth, whatever that might be. What we care about is having intellectual tools and inventions that work. [Yuval Noah Harari in his book “Sapiens”] discusses that what makes large-scale human societies capable of cohering and co-operating is the stories they share together. Democracy is a story, religion is a story, money is a story. This chimed well with “I’m set free to find a new illusion”. It seems to me what we don’t need now is people that come out waving their hands and claiming they know the Right Way.” 

— Brian Eno