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A gently gradually revealing piece of sonic majesty, David Sylvian at his finest, if not his easiest (but you don't want easy)
on 16 January 2016
David's challenging second major solo output on Samadhisound
Don't expect Japan, obviously. But also don't expect Nine Horses, one of David's seminal pieces of work, in a very different jazz infused vein.
Manafon is David evolving and further maturing as a serious player in the world of improv music.
You really have to listen with a decent HiFi, and in silence - or with decent headphones (don't listen on the tube, or at least not if you really want to hear all that this music has to offer)
There are exquisite nuances to this work that beg to be listened to with care and patience.
David's voice is sublime, and the lyrics set along side the sine waves, the guitar, piano, clicks and pops, courtesy of some seriously big guns in improv music, are just a delight.
Lyrically very rich and dense - in that there are a lot of words here - sees David at his creative finest.
Have bought several copies of this - to give away and enlighten other music lovers ears.
You've got to listen several times. This isn't immediate easy or throw away pop music.
Engage and allow - open your mind and ears and you are in for a sonic treat.
Manafon variations (Died in the Wool - same artist) is best approached after Manafon in my opinion, but if you hear either you will want to explore more.