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Out of print for 30 years, David Sylvian’s opulent debut LP is now back in circulation for anyone in need of a sophisticated lifestyle upgrade
Resplendent in double breasted suit jacket, foppish locks and razor sharp jaw on the cover, “the most handsome man in the world” as he was once touted, really came into his own on ‘Brilliant Trees’, which arrived two years after he had quit glam rock/new wave pioneers, Japan due to a spat with bassist Mick Karn, and also two years since he collaborated on the seminal ‘Bamboo Houses’ with Ryuichi Sakamoto (and subsequently, notably on ‘Forbidden Colours’ from the ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ soundtrack).
After settling his beef with Mick Karn (manbags at dawn, at twenty minces), both he and his Japan bandmate Richard Barbieri, along with Sakamoto and Jon Hassell, joined Sylvian for what would become a lush, unprecedented fusion of styles, marrying slick jazz and supple funk with filigree ambient touches to pretty much define the idea of an adult contemporary music.
Sylvian and his music have since become a byword for the pinnacle of sophistication, and in no small part due to the beauty of ‘Brilliant Trees’.