“The Ship” is title track, album opener and thematic core of the album. Running at 21-minutes and built around Eno‘s cyclically sung verses, the song builds in ominous drama, snatches of distant voice and creeping electronics.
Eno explains, “The piece started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C – which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song…a type I’ve never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind.”