I’m pretty sure that I had this when it first came out, but I’ve just got it again as I’m collecting vinyl once more. It was a beautiful release back then, and still looks and sounds great today.
I had a 40 minute drive to do (each way) today and realised that my iPod was completely out of charge, so I had no choice but to take a couple of CDs with me for the journey. One of these was Nine Horses ‘Snow Bourne Sorrow’, which, in hindsight, as it’s been a snowy day, perhaps wasn’t such a good idea.
Anyway, I listened to Snow Bourne Sorrow on the way home, and I was so pleased that I did. It has amazing songs, but most of all I was impressed with the quality and poignancy of the lyrical content. I’d forgotten these songs, and they deserve a listen quite regularly. So I think a Nine Horses re-listen is on the way for me very soon.
I was listening to this compilation on Friday and I really enjoyed it for the most part. Which I found strange. I didn’t find it strange that I liked the individual songs, I knew those and knew that I liked them, but the order that they were in created a different feel to listening to them, and that made me think.
It made me remember the mixtape, that is, when it was an actual tape and not a digital representation of a tape. Curating (if that’s the right word for it) tracks together in a specific order can quite easily change their meaning or at least adapt it for a different purpose.
I found listening to Sylvian’s tracks in the order in this compilation gave them a different meaning in a way for me. Not a totally different meaning you understand, but something subtle. It also made me remember mixtape’s where they were in a different order and what tracks followed which was strange too.
I’m not entirely sure where this leads, but I think it’s interesting in itself, that’s all.
I tweeted this yesterday, but it is still really on my mind. What a massive shame. Of course, I hope he does get better soon, and I hope that the dates get re-scheduled, but that can be a logistical nightmare.
Still, there’s a new retrospective of his work coming out in Feb, so I’ll have to just wait for that and the one or two tracks on there that I don’t have already.
A few days ago David Sylvian album was announced and I was just listening to some audio samples from it. It sounds really good so far. It won’t be released until late May but I can wait. I’ve pre-ordered already as I was always going to buy it.
So if you’re interested you can listen to it here.
Pop Song is an oddity. I got it on one of those tiny mini CDs you used to be able to get. It is an odd little song, and not, as it’s title suggests, very poppy at all.
However, it is a good song, and contains elements that suggest at some of the work that he went on to do. In some ways it seems to be a sort of experiment for him. Investigating sounds and textures and I like it for that as much as for the song itself.
Wave is a very dark song from a very dark album on the whole, and whilst I like the way it slowly and fluidly plays itself out it can be difficult to listen to. Not because it isn’t melodic, but because it lacks a sense of joy in some ways.
Yes, I think that’s what’s missing from it.
This is actually not a track I particularly enjoy. It is ok, but certainly not one of the best and not a track I play often at all. Interesting to hear it though.