David Sylvian

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": ambient experimental singer-songwriter alternative electronic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Batt, 23 February 1958, Beckenham, Kent, England. Sylvian’s androgynous image and ethereal vocals made him a prominent figure in leading new romantic band Japan. Just before their break-up in late 1982, he branched out into a new venture recording with Ryûichi Sakamoto of the Yellow Magic Orchestra (with whom he had already collaborated on a track from Japan’s Gentlemen Take Polaroids). The duo’s ‘Bamboo House’ reached number 30 in the UK and the collaboration continued the following July with ‘Forbidden Colours’, the haunting theme to the movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence reaching number 16. Sylvian’s own ‘Red Guitar’ reached number 17 the following June, but he soon gained a reputation as an uncompromising artist, intent on working at his own pace and to his own agenda. Released in June 1984, the atmospheric Brilliant Trees reached the UK Top 5 and was widely acclaimed. Over two years elapsed before...

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