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David Sylvian

The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more serious Sylvian, several steps further along on his musical journey and seeking new sounds to explain new traumas. While Japan started off as one of many '70s New Romantic bands, they made an unpredictable break with their hit "Ghosts" - a searching and evocative single where spare rhythms and fleeting electronic sounds lay under Sylvian's smouldering tenor

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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 ...

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Jan Bang / Erik Honore: Uncommon Deities

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Jan Bang / Erik Honoré
Uncommon Deities
SamadhiSound
2012

As the 2012 Punkt Festival debuts its eighth annual edition at its home base of Kristiansand, Norway--but this time, in the brand new, state of the art Kilden Performing Arts Centre--it has gradually evolved into something more than just a festival. The ...

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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

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 ...

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 ...

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Jan Bang: ….and poppies from Kandahar

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Imagination knows no boundaries and, as Einstein has said, more important than knowledge is the imagination that embraces the whole world and all there will be to know and understand. Clearly, a man whose imagination knows no boundaries and embraces opportunities, live sampler Jan Bang's debut is an album of pioneering intensity and diverse expression.

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Jan Bang: ….and poppies from Kandahar

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It's rare for an album to quietly shake the foundation of what music is...and can be. Fifteen years after Jan Bang first innovated the concept of live sampling--turning an Akai MPC 3000 sampler into a true improvising instrument by sampling other musicians in real time and feeding processed musical ideas back; pushing and pulling the music ...

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David Sylvian: Manafon

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David Sylvian
Manafon
samadhisound
2009

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 ...

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David Sylvian: Manafon

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Cosa è diventato David Sylvian? Un griot contemporaneo che canta sui rottami della musica moderna. O, forse, un apprendista stregone che ha isolato la dimensione temporale della musica, non più flusso, successione, ma serie finita di attimi. Questo nuovo lavoro, registrato in giro per il mondo (Vienna, Tokio e Londra) dice essenzialmente una verità: la sua figura di ...

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Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Twice Born Men

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In the 21st century nothing is sacred, but in the best possible way. Cultural, stylistic and sonic cross-pollination is today's de facto standard, with sound processing, sampling and post-production creating previously unheard aural landscapes. Sweet Billy Pilgrim--largely the brainchild and creation of lead singer/songwriter/multi- instrumentalist Tim Elsenburg, but unmistakably colored by band mates, banjoist Anthony Bishop ...