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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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Carmen Souza: messaggera di una musica senza confini

Read "Carmen Souza: messaggera di una musica senza confini" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Ascoltare la musica e la voce di Carmen Souza significa immergersi in luoghi incontaminati di spiagge assolate e acque color turchese in cui il Jazz e la musica tradizionale di Capo Verde, la Morna, si incontrano per dare vita ad alchimie di suoni, profumi e suggestioni poliritmiche. Nata in Portogallo ma di origini Capoverdiane ...

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Punkt 2019

Read "Punkt 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Sørlandet Art Museum, Kick Scene, Domkirken, Kilden Punkt Kristiansand, Norway September 5-7, 2019 Punkt, with its 15th anniversary, is a quite young member among this year's prominent jubilees. It is still in the thrilling and promising future that has taken its course from 2005 on. Punkt then brought studio-technology to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cartoon: Change Of Meaning

Read "Change Of Meaning" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Confront Recording's Collectors Series is distinguished by the packaging of its CDs which arrive in a DVD sized metal box. Rather than any cover art, there are instead simple stickers affixed to the front and rear denoting the artist, title and track names. The CD itself quaintly replicates the grooves and track markers of a ...

Francesca Gaza e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Francesca Gaza e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Cantante, compositrice, polistrumentista, Francesca Gaza ha recentemente pubblicato il suo primo album da leader, intitolato Lilac for People (Auand Records). Il tratto principale della mia musica L'attenzione ai dettagli. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sensibilità e la consapevolezza.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Frisell | Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by John Kelman

When ECM Records released Small Town in 2017, beyond capturing the profound intimacy and musical ability to “finish each other's sentences" shared by the first recorded document of guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a duo setting, one of the biggest walk-aways was the hope that this would not be a one-off. Two years ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Costanza Alegiani - Fabrizio Sferra: Grace in Town

Read "Grace in Town" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Insolita e affascinante questa collaborazione tra il batterista dei Doctor 3 e la cantante Costanza Alegiani attorniati da un nucleo di talentosi giovani colleghi come il pianista e tastierista Alessandro Gwis, il chitarrista Francesco Diodati, il bassista Francesco Ponticelli e il batterista Federico Scettri. Come si vede Fabrizio Sferra non svolge stabilmente il ruolo ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)

Read "Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)" reviewed by John Kelman

Steven Wilson Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Eagle Records 2018 In a career now early in its fourth decade, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has bucked almost every trend in the new millennium music industry. After spending over twenty years as the driving force behind Porcupine Tree, he made ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...


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