Sons of Pioneers

Collaboration in a band context

Recently I returned to Tin Drum after a long break. I’m not sure why I neglected it, maybe because David Sylvian has often spoken of his work implying that ‘Ghosts’ was the one Japan song truly reflective of his musical journey. Maybe because the literature and websites tend to differentiate between Japan and the solo period as different eras, and lately I’d given much more of my attention to the latter. Continue reading “Sons of Pioneers”

Brilliant Trees

Music and lyrics in perfect harmony

‘Without wishing to embarrass you, I think that’s probably the finest piece of music that you have recorded to date.’ David ‘Kid’ Jensen made this comment interviewing David Sylvian on his UK Radio One show, having just played the title track from Sylvian’s new album two weeks ahead of its release, mid-June 1984. It was the first time that I – and I’m sure many others – had heard this piece. Continue reading “Brilliant Trees”

A History of Holes

The stories we create to tell ourselves

Snow Borne Sorrow by Nine Horses is an album that came from a strange origin of creative alchemy. Two projects were underway, collaborations between David Sylvian and Steve Jansen, and between Sylvian and the German composer/programmer Burnt Friedman (initially featuring Jaki Liebezeit). Continue reading “A History of Holes”

I Surrender

The joy of love, human and divine

‘I Surrender’. The track that broke a long silence. In the preceding years only a handful of collaborative tracks had been released and indeed Sylvian admitted that at times the (happy) circumstances of his life may have resulted in him leaving music behind altogether. Continue reading “I Surrender”