also by David Sylvian:
An exotic and varied set of instrumental and ambient titbits. "Words with the Shaman" is particularly distinctive, combining a repeated percussion pattern, Jon Hassell's distinctive muted trumpet, and some Arabic-sounding vocals. The other monumental piece, "Steel Cathedrals" is more restrained and reflective, backed by a countinuous throbbing beat. A couple of shorter tracks show Sylvian venturing into more avant-garde territory. "The Stigma of Childhood, Kin" features some odd wiggly guitar twangs, while "A Brief Conversation" is an abstract atonal experiment, with piano and swirling synth noises.
October 30, 2003