STEPHAN MATHIEU & DAVID SYL­VIAN

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - JO­CE­LYN CLARKE

Wan­der­müde Sa­mad­hisound

For more than three decades, David Syl­vian’s sin­gu­lar ca­reer and mu­sic have al­ways been char­ac­terised by an idio­syn­cratic im­pulse to­wards ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Wan­der­müde, his col­lab­o­ra­tion with elec­tronic artist Stephan Mathieu, re­calls his am­bi­ent al­bums Plight & Pre­mo­ni­tion and Flux & Mu­ta­bil­ity with Hol­ger Czukay but also goes sig­nif­i­cantly fur­ther. It uses in­stru­men­tal ma­te­rial from Syl­vian’s al­bum Blem­ish to cre­ate orig­i­nal freeform com­po­si­tions that co­a­lesce into a dense am­bi­ent score of lan­guid melodies, shim­mer­ing noise, and puls­ing de­cays. While Syl­vian has pre­vi­ously rein­ter­preted his songs in in­ven­tive ways (The Good Son vs The Only Daugh­ter, Died in the Wool ) Mathieu and he have trans­formed them into some­thing orig­i­nal with Wan­der­müde. sa­mad­hisound.com

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