David Sylvian: Beautiful Woman, Beautiful Man

David Sylvian made for a beautiful woman. The frontman of the new romantic and glam powerhouse that was Japan completely redefined what it meant to be androgynous. He was the ideal synthesis of discord and equivalency – beautiful when playing up his feminine features, beautiful when embracing his masculinity. The makeup, the long blonde hair, and his clothes were nothing without his voice – rich, sonorous, and entirely unexpected. Sylvian was a fucking anomaly.     I’m always disappointed that Japan never had much of a presence in the 70s and early 80s. Their debut album Adolescent Sex (’78) was fun, […]

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