>>I wish it was all just Sylvian singing over Fujikura's strings. Of course, that would complete his epic, career-long journey from pop to contemporary concert music. Should he dare? Is a self-confessed "non-musician" allowed to occupy that rarefied territory?<<
Just so that you are made aware, that is exactly the next project being planned...a more expansive collaboration between Sylvian and Fujikura. One could basically look upon Died In The Wool as a transitional bridge between the electro-acoustic improvisation of Manafon and the contemporary orchestral music of their full-fledged effort due for release at some point next year.
And DITW also conveniently cleaned up a few loose ends: those sessions which took place with John Butcher and Eddie Prevost in 2008 which were never destined for Manafon, the miniature pieces utilizing the poems of Emily Dickinson which was a commission for Fennesz and Sylvian that only went so far, the commissioned re-interpretations by Fujikura and the one leftover from Manafon which was a cut and splice job gathering random elements rather than a legitimate improvisation. The impressive factor is how the new material seems to fit together fairly well due to the dark subject matter of death and dying.