Byrne & Eno’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today Is Happening. Today.

And you can stream the whole thing. Surely we all remember that Brian Eno has taken a break from Coldplay, and David Byrne from more things about buildings and robots, in order to join forces once again. In and of itself, that was excellent news. Having the full platter come on a late summer Monday morning is probably the only way it could have been better. So nice job guys. You won at always being great. In a message written from “Midtown,” Mr. Byrne offers:

Brian Eno and I recently finished our first collaboration in about 30 years. The name of the new record is Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. For the most part, Brian did the music and I wrote some tunes, words and sang. It’s familiar but completely new as well. We’re pretty excited.

We are too. You might remember how this is a special release for David, in that it’s geared solely (and hopefully) to the “web-curious,” Byrne saying: “It will be interesting to see if audiences find out … about this record without [posters, magazine ads, interviews, and advance CDs sent to writers and reviewers] and solely through Internet word-of-mouth.”

So far so good, Dave. The free download of “Strange Overtones” got some words-of-mouthing, and if you oppose supporting two geniuses on a new venture sight unseen/songs unheard, here’s a full album stream to help you ease up on those purse strings.

My first pass has just begun, but so far I’ve heard at least one song to make good on that tumbleweedy welcome screen (“My Big Nurse”) and enough pop happy tracks to officially eliminate this from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts II contention. (Also I should say what I’m hearing is — surprise! — highly repeatable and rather outstanding.)

Free MP3, free album stream, and to complete the trifecta of what a forward thinking album release looks like in 2008, you have many purchase options:

  • $8.99 – Immediate DRM-free MP3 download of the album at 320kbps + 17 page digital booklet
  • $11.99 – All of the above + 11-song CD, liner notes and artwork (ship by Nov. 30th)
  • $69.99 – Custom package limited edition design by Stefan Sagmeister includes four exclusive bonus songs, a short film about the album by Hillman Curtis, Holding Pattern screensaver app customized for this release, Everything That Happens booklet, immediate download of all digital files (including screensaver), exclusively available from that site.

Buy it at everythingthathappens.com.