Tuesday, 27 September 2011
One of the comments on a recent post about David Sylvian described his most recent releases (Mana fon and Died in the Wool) as beautifully unlistenable which sums it up perfectly
Both lps contain virtually the same tracks as each other although Died in the Wool is slightly more accessible .....just.
The words (in a couple of tracks poems by Emily Dickinson) seem to have come from a completely different place to the music. At first is seems like a whole lot of mess, the worst kind of random free form playing and . However gradually snatches of tunes, rhythm, structure and places where the his vocal melody swims alongside that of the backing track start to emerge. Then the music starts to wash over you and pulls you under so that the words and the music begin to blend in a way that feels like they were made for each other.
Beautifully unlistenable , soothingly uncomfortable, naturally awkward, jarringly relaxing ... they all kind of fit.
I've posted one of the tracks with the words of Emily Dickinson
A Certain Slant of Light - David Sylvian
You can buy Died in the Wool here and there is a more detailed explanation of the lps origins at his website here