Died in the Wool (Manafon Variations)

Died in the Wool (Manafon Variations)

by David Sylvian
     
 

David Sylvian's MANAFON (2009) appeared as a collection of disciplined art songs that relied on his collaborators to inform not only their textures, but their forms. Those players -- Jan Bang, Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Dai Fujikura, Erik Honoré, Otoma Yoshide, and Christian Fennesz among them -- created airy, often gently dissonant structures for Sylvian'sSee more details below

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David Sylvian's MANAFON (2009) appeared as a collection of disciplined art songs that relied on his collaborators to inform not only their textures, but their forms. Those players -- Jan Bang, Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Dai Fujikura, Erik Honoré, Otoma Yoshide, and Christian Fennesz among them -- created airy, often gently dissonant structures for Sylvian's lyrics and melodic ideas. Died in the Wool (MANAFON Variations) re-employs these players (with some new ones) in the considerable reworking of five of MANAFON's compositions. There are also six new songs that include unused outtakes, and two poems by Emily Dickinson set to music and sung by Sylvian. The new music here relies heavily on Sylvian's association with Fujikura: he composed, arranged, and conducted chamber strings that are prevalent. Where MANAFON's "Small Metal Gods" was orchestrated by acoustic guitar, laptop, electronics, bass, and cello, this one employs a string quartet that provides greatly expanded harmonics, which underscore the desolate power in Sylvian's lyrics. On "Snow White in Appalachia," strings shift the tune's original sonic gears into diffused, vaporous sonorities. On the title track, Fujikura uses a composed clarinet sample to introduce John Butcher's saxophone, a mixing board, an all-but-unrecognizable guitar, cymbals, and samples to stretch a narrative melody to its ghostly breaking point. Dickinson's poem, "I Should Not Dare," is a standout; its gentle, accessible melody, accompanied by Sylvian's acoustic guitar, is made sharper by Fennesz's electric and samples from Honoré. Parker adds a gorgeous nocturnal saxophone line and Bang provides an unusual string arrangement to create the feeling of deep longing across great distance. "A Certain Slant of Light," also by Dickinson, is less formal but more moodily cinematic with its layers of samples. A delightfully fragmented redo of "Emily Dickinson" completes the sonic re-creation of her image as this set's Muse. On "Anomaly at Taw Head," Fujikura's string abstractions -- introduced by Parker's bluesy saxophone and Tilbury's minimal piano -- add dimension to Sylvian's open field melodic structure. The underlining poetic is tense, but seductive. There is a bonus second disc, too, in Sylvian's 18-minute sound installation "When We Return You Won't Recognize Us." It is a stellar, ambient work featuring Arve Henricksen, Butcher, the Elysian Quartet, Eddie Prevost, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Gunter Muller. It should be listened to on headphones to grasp all of its intricacies. Died in the Wool (MANAFON Variations) showcases Sylvian's restless discipline in expanding his music's parameters, and those of song itself, while offering even greater opportunities for his collaborators to influence its creation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Samadhi Sound Uk
UPC:
0633367774927
catalogNumber:
21

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sylvian   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Sampling,electronics
Evan Parker   Saxophone
Eddie Prévost   Percussion
Emma Smith   Violin
John Butcher   Saxophone
Steve Jansen   Cymbals
Marcio Mattos   Cello
Keith Rowe   Guitar
Sachiko M   Sampling
John Tilbury   Piano
Otomo Yoshihide   Turntables
Werner Dafeldecker   Acoustic Bass
Michael Moser   Cello
Christian Fennesz   Guitar
Franz Hautzinger   Trumpet
Tetuzi Akiyama   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Erik Honore   Synthesizer,Cello,Sampling
Arve Henriksen   Trumpet
Wendy Richman   Viola
Helge Sten   Guitar
Ståle Storløkken   Synthesizer
Christian Wallumrød   Piano
Katinka Kleijn   Cello
Laura Moody   Cello
Jan Bang   Sampling
Jennymay Logan   Violin
Hildur Guðnadóttir   Cello
Chris Gross   Cello
Michi Wiancko   Violin
Claire Chase   Bass Flute
Kate Romano   Clarinet
Dai Fujikura   Conductor,Sampling
Ros Stephen   Violin
Charlie Cross   Viola
Jennifer Curtis   Violin
Erik Carlson   Violin
Margaret Dyer   Viola
Vincent Sipprell   Viola

Technical Credits

Bang   Composer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
David Sylvian   Producer,Art Direction
Rowe   Composer
Fennesz   Composer
Emily Dickinson   Lyricist
Erik Honore   Arranger
Jan Bang   Arranger,String Arrangements
Yoshihide   Composer
Sachiko   Composer
Dai Fujikura   Composer,Director,String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Sylvian   Composer,Lyricist
Henriksen   Composer
Aniyama   Composer
George Bolster   Cover Art

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