Dead Bees on a Cake – limited white vinyl edition for Record Store Day

07.03.18: Permalink » Dead Bees on a Cake – limited white vinyl edition for Record Store Day

For the first time on vinyl, and in a limited edition on white vinyl for 2018’s Record Store Day (April 21st), Universal are releasing David Sylvian’s 1999 solo album Dead Bees on a Cake. Expanded into the double album Sylvian had originally intended it to be and adorned with photographs by Anton Corbijn and redesigned by Chris Bigg, it now includes four additional tracks; ‘The Scent of Magnolia’, ‘Albuquerque’, ‘Cover me with Flowers’, and ‘Aparna and Nimisha’.

Coming soon: Like Planets by Yuka Fujii

07.12.17: Permalink » Coming soon: Like Planets by Yuka Fujii

There Is No Love

12.04.17: Permalink » There Is No Love

Rhodri Davies, David Sylvian and Mark Wastell are to release the There Is No Love CD on 31st May 2017. It will be the debut release on the new Confront Core Series imprint. Pre-orders are now being accepted.

Factory press CD in printed double panel Ekopack cardboard sleeve.

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

Voice recorded by David Sylvian, Los Angeles, USA, 2014. Instrumental parts recorded by Rupert Clervaux at Studio 3, London, 18th February 2017. Additional contribution from Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixer) recorded by Steve Bates and David Sylvian, Montreal, Canada, 2012. Tubular bell and concert bass drum recorded by Matthew Sansom, Surrey University, 2006. Original text by Bernard Marie Koltès. Compositional structure by Mark Wastell. Mixed and mastered by Rupert Clervaux.

Special thanks to Harry Smith who mastered an earlier version of David Sylvian's vocal track for the concert at Cafe Oto.

Click here to pre-order There Is No Love.

Seasons greetings from Samadhisound

17.12.15: Permalink » Seasons greetings from Samadhisound

Pre-order the second edition of Playing The Schoolhouse

27.10.15: Permalink » Pre-order the second edition of Playing The Schoolhouse

The second edition of ‘Playing the Schoolhouse’ will be released in December 2015 by Confront Recordings. A new CD EP length composition by David Sylvian recorded in March of this year in Norway, ‘Playing the Schoolhouse’ is based on an improvisation by Jan Bang and Sylvian. It also features contributions from Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura.

Pre-order the second edition of ‘Playing the Schoolhouse’ at

Playing the Schoolhouse – second edition

21.10.15: Permalink » Playing the Schoolhouse – second edition

There will be a second edition of ‘Playing the Schoolhouse’. It too will be limited, necessarily so. If you’d like to be placed on the list of possible recipients please write to Mark at to register your interest. Confront will inform applicants of a publishing date for the second edition in due course.

Samadhisound announces Hypergraphia: The Writings of David Sylvian 1980–2014

14.08.15: Permalink » Samadhisound announces Hypergraphia: The Writings of David Sylvian 1980–2014

Samadhisound is pleased to announce Hypergraphia: The Writings of David Sylvian 1980–2014, a comprehensive collection of his lyrics and poetry (many published for the first time), covering the thirty-five years of his career to date, framed by three interviews and accompanied by an exquisite collection of artwork curated or made by Sylvian. Art directed by Sylvian and designed by Chris Bigg. An immaculate and thorough retrospective, Hypergraphia’s organic structure and its juxtapositions of past and present, formal and personal, save the book from treating Sylvian’s career as a bust on a pedestal: instead, we see it as what it is – an extraordinary work in progress.

638 pages, hard back, full colour. Page size – 150mm x 225mm portrait.
Regular edition: £65.00. Signed edition: £85.00 (the signed edition has sold out).

Hypergraphia is published in a limited edition of 3,000 copies. An edition of 500 signed and individually numbered copies, by Sylvian and designer Chris Bigg, has already sold out. Randomly included in the remaining 2,500 copies are 50 signed unnumbered copies. Available from 2nd November 2015, on pre-sale now. Click here for more information.

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