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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


David Sylvian: Manafon

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2010


Article: Extended Analysis

David Sylvian: Manafon

Read "David Sylvian: Manafon" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

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 ...


David Sylvian: Manafon

Label: SamadhiSound
Released: 2009
Track listing: CD: Small Metal Gods; The Rabbit Skinner; Random Acts of Senseless Violence; The Greatest Living Englishman; 125 Spheres; Snow White in Appalachia; Emily Dickinson; The Department of Dead Letters; Manafon. DVD: Manafon in PCM Stereo, and DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround; Amplified Gesture, directed by Phil Howard: running time 54 minutes.


Article: Extended Analysis

David Sylvian: Manafon

Read "David Sylvian: Manafon" reviewed by John Kelman

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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