Everything and Nothing

Everything and Nothing

by David Sylvian

CD

Overview

Singer/songwriter David Sylvian's career spans a long and enigmatic scene of experimental rock and emotional restylings. Not one to fully absorb the conventional ways of a certain circuit, Sylvian is a realist musician. He is ambitious in molding his own catharses within layers of woodwinds, horns, and homegrown synth beats, and 1999's Dead Bees on a Cake was only a small cue to Sylvian's forthcoming work. The new millennium brought the release of the double-disc Everything and Nothing, a reflection of Sylvian's previously unreleased older material. Sonically gorgeous with vocals comparable to Bryan Ferry, Everything and Nothing is a vastly expressive record of 29 tracks lost in the vaults of remixes, time, and creative changes; it is certainly a moving package of lush elevations and underrated wordplay. The two-disc set hums with eclectic instrumental constructions and tinges of Middle Eastern material, especially on tracks such as "Ride." "Pop Song" is more attractive with its abstract guitar riffs and whimsical synth loops, and "Some Kind of Fool," a long-lost Japan song intended to be on 1980's Gentleman Take Polaroids, is electronically driven. It's naturally abrasive in lyrical poetry, and Sylvian's atmospheric nature to float over the initial song composition is classic. "Jean the Birdman" echoes the sultriness of Peter Murphy, but Sylvian is shiftless at the same time with his funkadelic mood. The textural differences among the cuts make Everything and Nothing particularly inviting, reflecting the wholehearted desire that continues to make David Sylvian a fresh contributor. He is surprising, professional, and unattached to what's common. Everything and Nothing is undoubtedly a firm recognition of Sylvian's musical wizardry.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2000
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724385001727
catalogNumber: 50017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sylvian   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Dobro,Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Mark Isham   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Trumpet
John Cage   Synthesizer,Piano,Sampling
Jon Hassell   Dictaphone
Ingrid Chavez   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Sampling
Mick Karn   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Bill Nelson   Synthesizer,Guitar
Marc Ribot   Guitar,fender rhodes
David Torn   Electric Guitar
Kenny Wheeler   Piano,Flugelhorn
Keith Tippett   Percussion,Piano
Rain Tree Crow   Synthesizer,Guitar
Trey Gunn   Percussion,Chapman Stick
Marc Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Tommy Barbarella   Bass
Richard Barbieri   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Saxophone
Mel Collins   Electric Guitar,Soprano Saxophone
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Holger Czukay   Synthesizer,Piano,Dictaphone
Rob Dean   Guitar,Piano
Lawrence Feldman   Flute,Guitar
Bill Frisell   Dobro,Voices
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Percussion,Stick,Chapman Stick
Brian Gascoigne   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Giblin   Drums
Simon House   Vocals
Steve Jansen   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Steve Nye   Synthesizer,Piano,Sampling
Phil Palmer   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Electronic)
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Hammond Organ,Double Bass,fender rhodes
John Taylor   Piano
D. Thompson   Bass
Steve Tibbetts   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Damiano Puliti   Cello
Danny Thompson   Percussion,Drums,Double Bass
Nicola Alesini   Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone
Scooter Warner   Drums
Arturo Stàlteri   Percussion,Keyboards
P.L. Andreoni   Keyboards
Mark Sanders   Percussion
Pier Luigi Andreoni   Percussion,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Brass Arrangment
John Cage   Programming,Computer Engineering,Sample Arrangements
Jon Hassell   Composer
Japan   Producer
Mick Karn   Brass Arrangment,Vocal Producer
Seigen Ono   Engineer
Marc Ribot   Loop
Rain Tree Crow   Vocal Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Trey Gunn   Composer
Marc Anderson   Programming
David Bottrill   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mel Collins   Frippertronics
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Bill Frisell   String Arrangements,Sample Arrangements
Robert Fripp   Composer,Frippertronics
Brian Gascoigne   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Giblin   drum programming
Lolly Grodner   Engineer
Steve Jansen   Composer,drum programming
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Steve Nye   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Orchestra Production
John Punter   Producer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
David Sylvian   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Remixing,Vocal Producer,Piano Treatments
Nigel Walker   Engineer,Remixing
Giampiero Bigazzi   Producer,Engineer
Stuart Bruce   Engineer
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Anne Odell   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Violin Arrangement
Nicola Alesini   Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer
Joey Kent   Engineer,Remixing
Sebastian Arocha Morton   drum programming
Pier Luigi Andreoni   drum programming
Barbieri   Composer

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