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Nearly everybody who's familiar with Sylvian has an opinion on him - either he's too mind numbingly nauseating and pretentious or he's an unrecognized genius.
He's kept a rather low profile over the last few years however, releasing a minimal amount of music as possible. Perhaps it's because of his long time ties to Virgin just aren't the same as when Japan were playing together in the early eighties. This disc is on the new label, Shakti, a subsidiary of Virgin which I'm guessing intends to market more obscure releases that just don't have the multi-platinum pressures of full line Virgin releases. The disc itself is simply a collection of some installation recordings from 1990 and 1994. Three tracks on the disc consist of a two minute piece, "Epiphany," sandwiched between two +30 minute ambient tunes, "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" and "Approaching Silence." The first two tracks were recorded in London for a multimedia installation with Russel Mills while the last was recorded with Robert Fripp in Minneapolis. Both installations took place in Japan and nothing is noted in the booklets what the themes nor intentions of the installations were. The music is pleasant, simple and subtle and provides excellent background for studying or working. Fans of Stars of the Lid records might recognize similar work in modified guitars, effects and string sounds.


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