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Sleepwalkers by David Sylvian
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Samadhi Sound
Decades past his time as a arty English pop star with the synth group Japan, David Sylvian is now an intense singer-songwriter who manages to combine mainstream appeal with the avant garde (think of late '70s Bowie or Scott Walker with snatches of floating jazz solos). This set compiles Sylvian's recent recordings with a number of intriguing jazz/electronic/classical/indie artists. Some, such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, brother Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman, are old friends and frequent collaborators. Elsewhere, Sylvian continues to go outside his comfort zone by working with the likes of Joan Wasser (aka Joan as Police Woman) and Jan Bang. Highlights include the excoriating title track and the even more biting "Money for All," and the wounded "World Citizen" and "Wonderful World." To hear him in a good mood, go to the effervescent "The Day the Earth Stole Heaven."
Nick Dedina

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