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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jul 01, 2022 12:52 pm

The latest article looks back to David Sylvian's Everything and Nothing tour which visited Europe & Japan in 2001 and the US in 2002.

Sylvian has spoken of the 'wonderful chemistry' between the five musicians on stage and 'a simplicity, a directness, in the musical arrangements which kept the material fresh, honest and challenging.’

I recently interviewed guitarist Timothy Young who shares his memories of being in the band from his selection, through rehearsals, and then the two legs of the tour.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2022/07/01/midnight-sun-live/
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” att to Jack Kerouac
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:46 pm

I've just published a new article on David Sylvian's involvement with Propaganda at the time of the making of their much-praised debut album A Secret Wish.

Sylvian was invited by ZTT executive (and music journalist) Paul Morley to produce the album when it was clear Trevor Horn would be unable to do so given the phenomenal success of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Whilst Sylvian declined the offer, he did come up with the first mix of 'Duel' (never released) and composed a synthesiser part for 'p:Machinery' which the band (and the ultimately appointed producer Steve Lipson) recognised as being a defining contribution.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2022/07/22/pmachinery/
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Postby Quiet Visitor on Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:40 am

^^Nice timing with the recent release of xPropaganda: https://burningshed.com/xpropaganda_the ... egory=true
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Aug 12, 2022 12:40 pm

I've just published a new article about the song 'Jacqueline' which David Sylvian contributed for the cover cd of the magazine The Believer in 2009.

At the time we were awaiting the release of Manafon and were told that 'Jacqueline' would soon be recorded for Sylvian's subsequent project. Its more traditional song structure showed Sylvian's then-stated intent to work with both improvised and more conventional forms.

The song's subject is Pablo Picasso's second wife, Jacqueline. She has been much maligned but was devoted to her husband and his memory before her death by suicide in 1986.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2022/08/12/jacqueline/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Sep 09, 2022 1:40 pm

I've just published a new article on 'Playing the Schoolhouse', David Sylvian's first release on Mark Wastell's Confront Recordings label.

The piece was created during a brief interlude within a three-month long session at Jan Bang's studio in Kristiansand, Norway. The article explores the circumstances of the recording, its fit with the aesthetic of Confront Recordings, and the links that Sylvian traced between this track and his earlier instrumental work - including that with Holger Czukay.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2022/09/09/pla ... hoolhouse/
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