Song Of The Day: David Sylvian, “Steel Cathedrals”


The solo career of Japan frontman David Sylvian has been the subject of a vinyl reissue campaign, with his albums being remastered and repackaged. All of his work is fantastic, of course, but we are most partial to 1985 album Alchemy: An Index Of Possibilities, and most notably the epic “Steel Cathedrals” that constitutes the entire second side. Even though you wouldn’t call it a”jam,” it does feature a superstar lineup of collaborators including Robert Fripp, Holger Czukay, and Ryuchi Sakamoto. It is a gorgeous piece of ambient music and it is easy (and quite delightful) to get lost inside its unhurried atmosphere. In a career with plenty of high points, this is easily one of the highest.


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