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David Sylvian


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Beckenham, Kent, UK (1958 – present)

David Sylvian (born, David Alan Batt, 23rd of February 1958, in Beckenham, Kent, UK) is an English singer, musician and who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the band Japan, and whose subsequent solo career has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including , music and music.

Japan - which also included Mick Karn, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri and Sylvian’s brother Steve Jansen - started out as a confusing hybrid rock/sleaze outfit in the mould of David Bowie and The New York Dolls. Their music quickly evolved as, at least to begin with, they drew heavily on the influence of Roxy Music’s stylings. Their visual image developed in parallel and the band were (unwillingly) tagged as forerunners of the movement.

Japan recorded five studio albums between March 1978 and November 1981. Their biggest hit single, the minimalist Ghosts, which reached the Top 5 in the UK charts in 1982, was a clear pointer to Sylvian’s future direction. After a successful tour, the band split in late 1982, and Sylvian embarked upon a solo career.

Around the time of Sylvian’s first solo album he collaborated with 坂本龍一 (Ryuichi Sakamoto) on the soundtrack music for the Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), which produced a Top 20 hit single, Forbidden Colours.


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  • uriah_stsch

    New album 'Playing The School House' by David will be released in September 2015 on Confront Recordings label!

    26 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • uriah_stsch

    пхахахахахахах Крис Ри, в голос!

    26 Jul 11:00am Reply
  • OlegGennadief

    только что наткнулся на него...не плохо пока в одном ряду с Крисом Ри для меня

    21 Jul 11:40am Reply
  • teex-

    As a devoted fan of David's music these past five years, I'm saddened to hear that SamadhiSound will be closing its doors for good. Hopefully he finds joy in wherever his passions lead him as he moves forward. At any rate, I look forward to the final upcoming release of Hypergraphia. Also, very eloquently stated, @OrphicElysian; I share the same sentiments.

    23 Jun 7:23pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    rip samadhisound 2003-2015 [2]

    4 Jun 9:39pm Reply
  • akerbeltz

    This is heavenly.

    2 Jun 3:13pm Reply
  • uriah_stsch

    rip samadhisound 2003-2015

    29 May 4:10pm Reply
  • OrphicElysian

    His music delivers me into a place which aids deep contemplation; truly perfect for any introspective soul. I do love some Sylvian and am truly grateful that his music exists. 😊

    14 Apr 8:27pm Reply
  • SergioFuhr

    Feliz cumpleaños !!! lo adoro

    23 Feb 9:19pm Reply
  • eterarnial

    Happy birthday, Sylvian! ♫♫♫ ... ♥♫♥♫♥♫.... ♥♫♫♥♫♪♪♪♥♥♫

    23 Feb 10:28am Reply
  • jakobdorof

    Gone to Earth, sides C and D.

    19 Jan 1:03pm Reply
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  • judicious_esthe

    очень крут!

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mhernandorena

    Request to remove Official Pictures of David Sylvian.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Нащет нового релиза (хорошо что это сайд а не новый альбом мэтра) - часовая шумовая нить и всяческие там атональные вибрации, как такое слушать - большой вопрос, лучше уж просто почитать поэтику Франца в переплете. Не обессудьте.

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Franz Wright's harrowing poetry and the music works very well together. A great new composition. David and Fennesz are an amazing duo. I just wonder what happened to Stephan Mathieu's contribution to the Kilowatt Hour project. Did he have a falling out with David?

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    David's text reflecting on the new album is at his website here.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • IGWilliams

    Not just available to pre-order. Immeadiate download with purchase. Excllent news.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • grahamix2

    New CD ready for pre-order: "there's a light that enters houses with no other house in sight"

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Picard-Bron

    абсолютно охуенен и гениален, хорошо, что его и в бывшем СССР знают, как тут ниже написано

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
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