The Librarian

Rhythm philosophy

From time to time an announcement comes out of the blue, heralding new music that will be available in just a matter of weeks. So it was in April 2005, when davidsylvian.com announced that a new record was available for pre-order. ‘The release is a new 12″ vinyl single featuring the work of two acclaimed musicians – Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit. This 12″ release features a mix of one of the tracks from the very exciting forthcoming project that David Sylvian and Steve Jansen have been working on along with Burnt Friedman. The vinyl features three tracks by Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit, one of which is entitled ‘The Librarian’ which was co-written by and features vocals from David. Though this is a different mix to the one that will appear on the Sylvian/Jansen/Friedman album, it provides a hint of what to expect from the new record which is due later this year on samadhisound.’

It would be another six months before the Nine Horses album would surface. In the meantime, there was this unexpected collaboration to enjoy and time to explore the music of these new musical partners. Ex-Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit was a familiar name from the ambient work with Holger Czukay earlier in Sylvian’s career, but it was immediately evident that Jaki’s contribution was much more pivotal here. Indeed, his assured rhythms were what really hit me as I listened to the ‘mini-lp’ for the first few times. The percussion was… well, a bit weird, unlike anything I’d experienced before. I found it strangely unsettling. Continue reading “The Librarian”

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”