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'Secrets of the Beehive' is one of David Sylvian's most acclaimed solo works. It was here that he refined his creative relationship with Ryuichi Sakamoto, who contributed string arrangements and piano to the album, and the two came up with a sound quite magical in it's ambience and warmth.
Out of print for over 30 years, David Sylvian’s 4th album ‘Secrets of the Beehive’ is another masterclass in sophisticated songwriting by the artist once claimed as “the most handsome man in the world”
‘Secrets of the Beehive’ was first released in 1987 and finds Sylvian growing ever more graceful in his artform,. Again, he’s joined by Ryuichi Sakamoto in some form on practically every song, but this time the jazz-funk swerve is more suppressed (definitely no Mick Karn bass on this one) in favour of a more theatrical, modern classical air to proceedings, woven with threads of latin acoustic guitar, rich brass, and cinematic strings to opulent effect.