Friday, February 16, 2007

The Power of Sylvian and Fripp

One of the most fruitful, yet underrated musical collaborations of all time has to be the ad-hoc partnership between King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp and art-rock savant David Sylvian, which lasted for about a year in the early 1990s. A full-length studio album (1993's remarkable "The First Day") codified this working relationship, but it was the "Road to Graceland" tour that followed soon after that solidified and brought a most welcome live dynamism to the duo's unique sonic blend of progressive rock and avant-pop.

Check out three highlights of the tour here: "The Blinding Light of Heaven", a ballsy rock-out that displays the more aggressive aspects of Fripp's trademark Frippertronics, "God's Monkey", a superior slice of avant-funk that emphasises the intuitive cohesiveness of the duo, and the devastatingly beautiful "Damage", an ethereal ballad that highlights Sylvian's empathic pianistic skills and carefully shaded vocals.


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