What is important to me now is to have a purpose and a fascination with all aspects of living. Maybe both. Whichever, there are a host of new releases to help us unravel the Sylvian enigma. Awaiting his first interview since in the subtle grandeur of a West London hotel bedroom, Sylvian is to talk me through a series of records that for him constitute an unprecedented burst of activity. Today, he has chocolate-brown, shoulder-length hair that has no identifiable style; he wears slipper-type shoes, beige trousers and a green and cream, patterned shirt.
He is as far removed from his previous incarnations as his current music is from those early Japan albums. Only the faintest trace of South London remains in his voice. So you look back with a certain critical eye, thinking how much better something could have been done, how you deceived yourself or found yourself playing the game. Time gives my work a fresh perspective.
As consumers, there is always the temptation for us to delve into the lyrics of our favourite artists, to glean some personal information about their lives. If the words prove too inscrutable, we turn to newspapers to extract the truths that we have struggled so long to find.
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His first two solo albums were, however, somewhat boring. A few tracks on each one were focused but too many lacked direction. That changed dramatically on Secrets, an album hardly without a misstep. It is for the most parts rather slow and soothing, simple instrumentation, often in an experimental style with jazz elements on some of the tracks.
Standout tracks are hard to define, they have changed in my opinion through the years. The lyrics wander between hope and despair, domestic rage to the joy of life. This is without doubt one of my favourite albums through the years.
Listening first to it at the age of 22, I remember vividly the strange emotions the album's contradictions had on me.
Despite being anything but a album full of catchy tunes, it struck a chord within me immediately. I am not alone in that opinion, I was surprised seeing so many people stating similar thoughts on Amazon, given it was a commercial failure. I must admit that I haven't enjoyed any other Sylvian album since in its whole, although Dead Bees On a Cake had some splendid moments and his collaboration with Holger Czukay, Plight and Premonition, provides an ethereal listening experience.
The original CD version had one enormous problem; the hiss in the recording overshadowed often the sound or lack of it. Listening to that version often made one wish that better care would have been taken of such delicate music. This re-mastered version improves that anomaly to an incredible extent. The sound becomes richer and the whole listening experience becomes more fulfilling.
The CD cover has the same artwork but in the so-called digipak. Following the release of Secrets of the Beehive and his first-ever solo tour, he focused more on collaborative work, from a pair of ambient albums with Holger Czukay and two excellent releases with Fripp to music with artists like Fennesz decades later. These four records, then, mark a distinct phase of his career—likely the last time his work would be received by a mass audience, establishing a path toward the reclusive future he dreamed of.
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Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Of course I don't think Sylvia has taken inspiration from that album, even if I consider it underrated.
This is an album from the late 80s and what Wright did in was just a shy attempt to renew his offering. The first release of the album end here. But my Japanese reissue has the two bonus tracks below: "Forbidden Colours" is very famous. The theme was used as movie soundtrack and was actually a big hit. Very few to say about this song: It's impossible that anybody hasn't listened to it before. It's time to close the album. The last about three minutes are entertained by "Promise".
Classical guitar and warm voice. Also this song could feature on a movie soundtrack if it effectively hasn't, I don't know. A bit too "sweet" compared to the rest of the album, so the organ at the end brings some sadness back. Listen to it by night, on a sofa, with a drink.
I must admit that the comparison does make sense. The music of David Sylvian is more da Sylvian has an incredible talent to create very sad and nostalgic athmospeheres. This album is not an exception. At first sight "Secrets" can sound a little bored and repetitive but if you listen very carefully you will discover the delicate arrangements and the textures that Sylvian made You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.
Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.September David Sylvian. Produced by Steve Nye. Album Secrets of the Beehive. September Lyrics [Verse] The sun shines high above The sounds of laughter The birds swoop down upon.