The Early Affirmation

“Steel Cathedrals” by David Sylvian was one of my key soundtracks in the late 1980s. At the time it was only available on the cassette version of the “Words With the Shaman” EP, impossible to get hold of in Portugal.

I moved to London in late 1988 and came across a copy: it became a favourite in my multiple dérives through the city, somehow entranced by the magnitude of it all, somehow still in disbelief at the quantum leap from my previous narrative. The sounds complemented this sense of vertigo perfectly, a mix of spiritual intoxication and wonderment that I hold dear to this day, no matter how dark and doubtful the days might be.