Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell “There Is No Love”


Confront Core Series CORE 01

31st May 2017 release by Rhodri Davies, David Sylvian and Mark Wastell. Featured as the debut release for the Confront Core Series imprint. Rhodri Davies: lap harp, table harp, vibraphone, radio. David Sylvian: voice, vocal treatments, electronics. Mark Wastell: tam tam, cracked ride cymbal, chimes, indian temple bells, singing bowls, metal chain, tubular bell, concert bass drum.

"A collaborative work between Rhodri Davies, David Sylvian and Mark Wastell, the eerie reading that makes up the piece There Is No Love is a welcome addition to the catalogue of the three artists. An example of onkyo-infused prose poetry littered with bells, light percussional touches and a sparing usage of what could be interpreted as “melody”, There Is No Love features a haunting recitation of Bernard-Marie Koltes’ 1985 play In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, focusing on a shadowy late-night rendezvous between the mysterious dealer and the seedy client. The exchange between these characters and their dialogue evokes a sense of danger, of incoming violence, or of sexual abandon; repetitions that affirm an absence of the concept of “love” amidst lamentations of injustices, melancholy, and humility are littered throughout the story being told – the dealer slowly ensnares his “melancholy virgin” client, luring him to indulge in the pleasures he is peddling. The client observes his surroundings, full of things that are devoid of emotion, and full of “decomposing memories”; his despair is what leads him to the dealer on that night.

As Sylvian slowly makes his way to the fated meeting between the pair, his backing looms onward and grows increasingly tense – a warm fuzz builds along with gentle chimes as if it were a cold and windy night in a dimly-lit town in the middle of nowhere. There Is No Love’s main asset is in suspense, in a lowly nightlife meeting between two equally hopeless characters that put emphasis on a desperation rarely seen; the dealer tries so hard to sell his product, while the client’s burden never ceases and is unable to buy. The conflict reaches a summit but without a conclusion and the resolution is ultimately up to the audience itself. There Is No Love perfectly attains the feeling of hopelessness throughout its brief thirty-minute reading, and puts you into the situation at hand. Never throwing the listener out of the story, the accompaniment of There Is No Love guides them along as Sylvian enunciates the prose with soothing clarity, and is a haunting inclusion into the world of electroacoustic music.” (Sputnik Music)

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Discography: Albums

Nine Horses "Snow Borne Sorrow" Expanded Edition
David Sylvian “samadhisound 2003–2014 – Do You Know Me Now?”
Stephan Mathieu / David Sylvian “Wandermüde” (2023 Edition)
David Sylvian “Sleepwalkers” (2022 Edition)
David Sylvian “Secrets of The Beehive” (2019 Vinyl Edition)
David Sylvian “Gone To Earth” (2019 Vinyl Edition)
David Sylvian “Alchemy – An Index of Possibilities” (2019 Vinyl Edition)
David Sylvian “Brilliant Trees” (2019 Vinyl Edition)
David Sylvian “Dead Bees On A Cake” (2018 Standard Edition)
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay “Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutibility”
David Sylvian “Dead Bees On A Cake” (Record Store Day 2018 Edition)
Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell “There Is No Love”
David Sylvian “there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight”
"Uncommon Deities"
David Sylvian - "A Victim of Stars 1982-2012"
David Sylvian - "Died in the Wool"
David Sylvian - "Sleepwalkers"
David Sylvian - "Manafon"
David Sylvian - "When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima"
Nine Horses - "Snow Borne Sorrow"
David Sylvian - "The Good Son vs. The Only Daughter"
David Sylvian - "Blemish"
David Sylvian - "Camphor"
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - "Damage" (Reissue)
David Sylvian - "Everything & Nothing"
David Sylvian - "Approaching Silence"
David Sylvian - "Dead Bees on a Cake"
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - "Damage"
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - "The First Day"
Rain Tree Crow - "Rain Tree Crow"
David Sylvian - "Weatherbox"
David Sylvian + Holger Czukay - "Flux & Mutability"
David Sylvian + Holger Czukay - "Plight & Premonition"
David Sylvian - "Secrets of the Beehive"
David Sylvian - "Gone to Earth"
David Sylvian - "Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities"
David Sylvian - "Brilliant Trees"