Co-producer Daniel Lanois told The National Post
that he took a special interest in this song. He explained: "I built that arrangement through my editing process similar to 'Fez-Being Born
.' In the early '80s Eno and I worked with a great artist named Harold Budd. We made an ambient record called The Pearl
. I always loved this particular track on The Pearl
, so I based the mood of 'Cedars' on kind of an excerpt from The Pearl
. And then Larry Mullen came in with a killer drum part on that, I was really proud of him. I love the mood on that track; it's really thick with ambience. Almost like a direct throwback to the early '80s, to what I was doing with Eno. I'm proud of it, it's a nice revisit to that work. I didn't think I would ever push the ambient gas pedal any more, but there it is."