Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters is Mick Karn's second solo album and features him playing a variety of woodwinds and basses, as well as keyboards and drums. The songs are marked by plodding drum tracks colored with simple contrapuntal keyboard and woodwind figures: of the instrumental tracks, only "The Three Fates" escapes this martial treatment. The two tracks that feature lyrics and vocals (by David Sylvian, Karn's former bandmate in Japan) are the most memorable. They emphasize the interplay between Karn's sinuous fretless playing and Sylvian's sonorous voice to good effect.
Originally released on Medium Productions (Karn's joint venture with ex-Japan colleagues Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri), this uniquely adventurous and evocative selection of tracks written and arranged between 1995 and 1999 was finally released in 2001. Each Eye A Path reveals Karn at his most intimate and unfettered, Steve Jansen (who mixed the album) adds some typically tasteful drum and percussion parts.
Dali's Car was a duo project of bassist Mick Karn (formerly of Japan) and vocalist Peter Murphy (formerly of Bauhaus); it came into existence in the mid-'80s, produced one unsuccessful album, and then fell apart amid mutual rancor. But in 2011 Karn and Murphy tried it again. Karn was terminally ill, and they only came up with three new songs. (The five tracks on this EP include a cover of Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away" and an arrangement of a traditional Turkish song.)
Emmett Elvin is a London based multi-instrumentalist who is best known as a keyboardist who has played in Knifeworld, Guapo & Chrome Hoof. In 2013 he released his first solo album, Emmettronica '98-'05, it was a collection of home recorded tracks that didn't find a home in the various bands he was in. Most of the instruments were played by Emmett. In 2014 he release his second album 'Bloody Marvels', this was much more a band effort with a strong list of guest musicians from the strong local scene including Chloe Herington, Richard Larcombe, Matt Stevens, David J. Smith. An atmospheric haunting album strong on mood melody. A Further album of atmospheric moody songs and instrumental were released in 2016, 'Assault On The Tyranny Of Reason', with a similarly strong list of guest musicians.