Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell ‎– There Is No Love

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Voice recorded by David Sylvian, Los Angeles, USA, 2014.
Instrumental parts recorded by Rupert Clervaux at Studio 3, London, 18th February 2017.
Additional contribution from Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixer) recorded by Steve Bates and David Sylvian, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
Tubular bell and concert bass drum recorded by Matthew Sansom, Surrey University, 2006.

core 01 on the back cover
CORE 01 on spine


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  • Matrix / Runout: MonotypeRec 2508167904
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT57
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI Z946

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October 10, 2018
edited 7 months ago
What happened David? I really thought that the man who wrote such masterpieces as "Brilliant Trees", "Gone To Earth" and "Secrets Of The Beehive" would never ran out of ideas but i was wrong, after "Secrets..." everything he recorded has been a painful listening to me, i was waiting patiently for a ray of melody, a twist of the genius that once was but nothing, absolutely nothing, i respect his choices and courage to experiment but my ears don't, sorry...
I rather play "Taking The Veil" twenty times in a row than listen to any 30 seconds of everything from "Dead Bees..." to now.
Still, a fan.


December 23, 2017

How I wish that Sylvian would make an actual MUSIC album! After all, that's why I became a fan all those decades ago. For years we've had to put up with this monotonous avant garde experimental pap. You can guess that I'm not a fan of this (or the similar 'There's a Light...' CD). I doubt I'll listen to this again for years... Poorly packaged too.


June 5, 2017

Only listened once so far, but immediate impressions... similar to 'There's a light that enters houses...' in that it is spoken word over rather sparse instrumentation; there are differences between the two but they somehow compliment each other. Whereas the earlier release has a very deep and melancholic atmosphere the tone here is much lighter and higher in frequency. That's not to say that it wouldn't too get labelled by many as 'dreary' (that title alone...).

I have a love / hate relationship with Sylvian's monologues as they tend to just float in one ear and out the other, I'm sure the text by Barnard-Marie Koltes is interesting and worth exploring but to be honest, in one listen nothing really struck me or stuck with me.

I love Rhodri Davies, Mark Wastell and David Sylvian's work but for me, on first listen, this was a very clean and precise listening experience but one that felt almost purposeless and inaffective. I've heard much more enjoyable and interesting music from all the musicians involved here, music that envelopes, vibrates and transforms the listening space and excites the mind... on first listen this did not do that for me.

Not going to rate it just yet and will listen to it more for sure but curious what others thought of this. Is it a well thought out collaborative piece with music and delivery that matches the text? Or a mismatch collage of disparate elements? Is it profound or profoundly monotone?