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David Sylvian

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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

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

Label: SamadhiSound
Released: 2014
Track listing: There's a light that enters houses with no other house in sight [64 mins 20 secs]

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

Read "David Sylvian: There's a Light That Enters Houses With No Other House in Sight" reviewed by Phil Barnes


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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