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David Sylvian – there's a light that enters houses with no other house in sight

posted by Dave on 27.10.14 19:32 in Music Reviews Print  

The whole has a feeling of flaking paint, bare floorboards, mostly glassless windows, and shingles slipped, letting in rain. Here, decay is only a symptom of a general malaise, a chronic dilapidation. Yet, through the broken windows and gaping holes in the roof come shafts of sunlight.

To begin, let's rewind.



I can't remember when I first encountered the poetry of Franz Wright. A friend of mine was very impressed by him, but I didn't really latch onto him at all. There wasn't anything innately wrong, as such – it just didn't grab me as other poetry did.



Fast forward.



2013, Punkt Festival, Kristiansand. Stephan Mathieu, David Sylvian and Christian Fennesz took to the stage in the Fønix Kino. The piece began, ambient, little microevents here and there, that evolving convolution of sound, and then came the voice. A broken voice, rasping, as much stuck inside the throat from which it came as leaving its owners lips. The kind of voice that made Tom Waits sound like a choir boy. However, the words were fascinating, and … heavily charged with an honesty that was almost unbearable, yet strangely reassuring. For ...


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