Boomkat Product Review:
For his second proper full length solo album, David Sylvian decided to be a little more ambitious. Eschewing the mix of ambient and vocal tracks we would come to see together on his subsequent records, on ‘Gone to Earth’ Sylvian decided that it would be best to pull them apart, and what we end up with is two full length discs, one vocal and one instrumental.
Disc one is the jazzy and slightly mysterious vocal part and disc two an ambient, drifting excursion perhaps comparable to the work of Harold Budd or Bill Nelson. Even though Sylvian would later master the blend of ambience and vocals, it’s great to hear his mind working on ‘Gone to Earth’ as he strips his vocal parts down to nothing and concentrates instead on mood, beauty and atmosphere.