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David Sylvian: There's a Light That Enters Houses With No Other House in Sight

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David Sylvian's extended flight from pop stardom in the middle years of the 1980s was an enthralling counterpoint to that decade's facile obsession with surface and relapse into materialism. While mainstream pop retreated from the innovations and musical openness of post-punk into the empty banalities of bean counting corporate rock, Sylvian among a few others appeared to plot a different idiosyncratic path routed in improvised music and jazz. Central to this were his often inspired choices of collaborators such as the late Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hassell, Bill Nelson, Riuichi Sakamoto and Robert Fripp that opened a window on ...

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David Sylvian: On the Periphery (The Solo Years)

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David Sylvian: On the Periphery (The Solo Years) Christopher E. Young 372 ISBN: 978-0-9927228-0-7 Malin Publishing Ltd 2013 With his songs of spiritual and emotional quest, and unspeakable yearning, singer and composer David Sylvian really occupies his own musical cosmos. Often viewed as the quiet man of popular music who through hushed stillness and subtle, delicate and sometimes disturbing sounds, has created a body of work which provided an important bridge between different genres, eras and types of artists. As an artist, Sylvian has a shadow that has stretched across 30 years ...

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David Sylvian: Died In The Wool - Manafon Variations

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David SylvianDied In The Wool: Manafon VariationsSamadhisound2011 Inventive and beautifully direct, Died In The Wool is another masterpiece in a long string of albums that singer and composer David Sylvian has recorded. His varied career portrays a restless creative spirit who makes engaging work, and Died In The Wool is another winner. Few artists at this point of their career would accept such challenges or would stray from their identifiable core. Ever since Blemish (Samadhi Sound, 2003), Sylvian has been commissioning sister records for his “regular" output that consist ...

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David Sylvian: Died In The Wool - Manafon Variations

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David Sylvian Died In The Wool: Manafon Variations samadhisound 2011 As the world becomes a smaller place, so, paradoxically, do musical communities expand to reach around it. British singer/composer David Sylvian--first of 1980s pop group Japan, but then a solo artist taking increasing chances with each successive album--has been busting down boundaries of geography and genre since 1984, when he released his first solo album, Brilliant Trees (Virgin), bringing together Fourth World progenitor, trumpeter Jon Hassell, expat Canadian, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, German multi-instrumentalist Holger Czukay and Japanese keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto. As the years passed, ...

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David Sylvian: Manafon

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David Sylvian Manafon Samadhi Sound 2009

Singer David Sylvian has had such an unpredictable and diverse recording career that it is interesting to see what will come next. Over the years he has covered a lot of ground, from pop music to gentle, ambient soundscapes, prog rock and fiery, avant-garde experimentation. So it should come as no surprise that his eclectic muse has led him to a new sonic neighborhood with Manafon. This recording is what we have come to expect from Sylvian: creative splashes of sounds and unique ...

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David Sylvian: To Blow the Heart Wide Open

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Many artists deliberately avoid taking risks, making changes instead opting for the safe, but David Sylvian is not one of them. Across his illustrious career, Sylvian has always sought to take listeners out of their comfort zone. Self-consciousness and introspection permeate every corner of his works. His most riveting songs have explored various topics, including spirituality and soul-searching for the modern world. His songs are evocative and fragile, confronting the listener about the challenges inherent in being human. In the 1980s David Sylvian rocketed to stardom in space-age garb with his band Japan, which he disbanded at ...

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David Sylvian: Manafon

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David SylvianManafonsamadhisound2009 Since first emerging as the lead singer of 1980s synth pop group Japan, singer/multi-instrumentalist David Sylvian has turned, in many ways most surprisingly, into one of pop music's most intrepid explorers. As early as his first solo album, the crooner with a distinctive and intentioned vibrato has been connected with the experimental and jazz scenes, with trumpeters Jon Hassell, Mark Isham and Kenny Wheeler appearing on Brilliant Trees (Virgin, 1986). Since then he's collaborated with guitarists Robert Fripp, David Torn, Marc Ribot and Bill Frisell and keyboardists John Taylor, Ryuchi ...



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