Not gonna lie, the album title for David Sylvian's new one isn't quite as catchy as that Smiths song about lights. But then, Sylvian isn't really clamouring for your attention: his slight new work, 'There's A Light Which Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight', is an hour-long composition in which the artist collaborates with poet Franz Wright, who reads his work over Sylvian's ambient processes.
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- There’s A Light Which Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight by David Sylvian
9/10 Ian Staff review, 27 November 2014
One time eighties pop star and prolific ambient composer David Sylvian releases this latest piece on his Samadhi Sound Label. The lengthy Smithsian titled 'There's A Light Which Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight' is an hour long composition into a dark world of discordant piano, creepy ambient noise and the doom laden poetry readings of Franz Wright. Like a lot of Sylvian’s more experimental leanings it’s pretty hard to swallow if you’re not already familiar with this side of his musical persona but stick with it and you’re in for a real treat.
As with past collaborations such as the wonderful ‘Plight And Premonition’ featuring the legendary Holgar Czukay, it’s a piece that you really need to focus on. Don’t just stick this on your Ipod on the bus home from work; make yourself a pot of coffee or pour a glass of wine, sit back and let this soak into your every pore. Each little creak and clang takes you further into this mammoth journey of a man on the brink of self destruction, it’s bleak, foreboding and somewhat exhausting but brilliantly fascinating.
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