By Fiona Russell Powell. Published in The Face, October 1982.
Transcripts from articles and interviews.
The Art Of Noise by Ian Birch (Smash Hits, May 1984) What’s David Sylvian been doing since Japan broke up? Taking Polaroids, traveling, organizing an exhibition — oh and making a new record. “Art is my means of expression.” he tells Ian Birch.
by Karl Lippegaus. Er wohnt zusammen mit einer schönen Japanerin im obersten Stockwerk eines unauffälligen Reihenhauses. In diesem Stadtteil von London leben Menschen, die weder besonders arm noch besonders reich sind, und scheinbar doch was vom guten Leben verstehen. Als ich durch die kleinen Straßen gehe und nach dem Haus von David Sylvian suche, denke ich, hier mieten die letzten
Who wants to be a Pop star anyway? Certainly not David Sylvian, pop’s very own Garbo. Mark Cordery takes a peek into his reclusive world. Published in Record Mirror, 10 November 1984.
by Dave Rimmer Having spent over five years behind a thick layer of make-up, David Sylvian has emerged from the cocoon of Pop Celebrity to make a butterfly foray into the avant-garde. His new work lies somewhere between wallpaper and revolution. But nobody seems quite sure.
Interview by Tim Goodyer. Fotography by Martin Goddard. (E&MM, Sept. 1986) As well as gaining artistic credibility since leaving Japan. David Sylvian has inspired musicians with his ability to fuse traditional ethnic and hi-tech elements into a moving and unique brand of music. A new single, ‘Taking the Veil’, is the prelude to a double album that explores both Sylvian’s songwriting
Interview by Laurie Lewis with David Sylvian as published in SOUNDS (UK), September 27 1986.As DAVID SYLVIAN settles into the quiet life of solo status, CHRIS ROBERTS appraises the significant stature of his post-Japan harmonics and post-mascara beauty. Gentleman in Polaroid by LAURIE LEWIS
Master Craftsman David Sylvian by Mark Prendergast Since the break-up of his group Japan in November 1982, David Sylvian has been slowly widening the base of his music to encompass both ethnic and avant-garde sounds. Mark Prendergast gathers the facts on the change of style.
David Sylvian – The Artist Breaks His SilenceReported by Sasha Stojanovic/Written by Tod EckertOnly Music, June 1987. The former glamour boy of Japan has changed his look and emerged from his musical exile.
Melancholy ManRichard Cook, Sounds, 7 November 1987 As his new album ‘Secrets of the Beehive’ buzzes our way, David Sylvian describes his music as a positive state rising out of a negative one. But there is more to the man than mere poetic melancholy would suggest.
Sylvian Gives the People What He WantsBY RICHARD CROMELINAPRIL 5, 1988 Say you’ve come under the melancholy spell of David Sylvian’s richly atmospheric music–an autumnal wash of strings and electronics, with the singer’s low, tremulous voice roaming through the soundscape in search of the very essence of emotion.
The last two years have been a period of transition for David Sylvian, but he’s now in a new collaboration with Holger Czukay and a new solo single and a major retrospective set of his post-Japan recordings scheduled for November release. PAUL LESTER reports on one of rock’s most enigmatic figures.