‘Blemish’ and ‘Manafon’ – 180gram vinyl reissues available to preorder

21.07.22: Permalink » ‘Blemish’ and ‘Manafon’ – 180gram vinyl reissues available to preorder

samadhisound and UMC are proud to announce 180gram vinyl reissues of David Sylvian’s Blemish and Manafon albums, releasing on 2nd September 2022 and available to preorder now.

Vinyl versions of both records have been out of print since their very limited initial pressing in the early 2000s. These new versions of Blemish (1LP) and Manafon (2LP) have been recut for vinyl by veteran engineer Tony Cousins at Metropolis studios.

Blemish was David Sylvian’s first solo album to be issued on his samadhisound label. Initially released online in 2003, the vinyl version was published in 2004 and is now a collector’s item. Working primarily solo, Sylvian created an impromptu suite of songs for guitar, electronics and voice. The compositions were crafted from improvisational sessions by Sylvian and the acclaimed free-jazz guitarist Derek Bailey on three tracks and Austrian guitarist and producer Christian Fennesz on ‘A Fire In The Forest’. Sylvian said about the album at the time, ‘I wanted to get into those difficult emotions, and penetrate them as deeply as I felt I was capable of doing, in the security of that working space. So, although there were elements of my life that were bringing all these negative emotions to the fore, what I was doing in the studio was taking them further – whereas in life we try to restrain them, we hold them back. We don't allow ourselves to go too far with it because they feel dangerous, they feel threatening. Living through these emotions was very difficult, but finding a voice for them was so cathartic. After that six-week period, I'd felt I'd worked through some very difficult emotions. I felt an enormous amount of release.’

Released in 2009, Manafon was David’s second solo album for samadhisound and was described by the artist as ‘A modern kind of chamber music. Intimate, dynamic, emotive, democratic, economical’. Recorded during sessions in London, Vienna and Tokyo, Manafon brings together some of the world’s leading free improvisers, including Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide, John Tilbury and members of Polwechsel working in small ensembles. Of this process, Sylvian said, ‘It’s still a path I intend to pursue musically, working with improvisation in some form or another. So you just follow whatever you feel is right for you. You follow your instinct and that's all you can remain true to.’

Preorder Blemish and Manafon.



‘Sleepwalkers’ – revised reissue now available to preorder

04.04.22: Permalink » ‘Sleepwalkers’ – revised reissue now available to preorder

Grönland Records announce a revised, remastered reissue of Sleepwalkers by David Sylvian. Available as a gatefold 2LP with exclusive art print and as a digipak CD, this new edition also features the previously unreleased track ‘Modern Interiors’. Release date: 10 June 2022.

Pre-order Sleepwalkers in the Grönland Shop:
Gatefold 2LP / Digipak CD

Visit the Sleepwalkers microsite for detailed notes.



Junya Watanabe FW22 Collection

09.03.22: Permalink » Junya Watanabe FW22 Collection

The Sylvian/Czukay composition “Plight (The Spiralling Of Winter Ghosts)” was the inspiration for Japanese fashion designer Junya Watanabe’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection. The song was also the soundtrack to its Tokyo presentation.

“This collection was inspired by Plight (The Spiralling of Winter Ghosts), the collaborative album created by David Sylvian & Holger Czukay in the 1980s.

In particular, I found the subtitle "The Spiralling of Winter Ghosts" poetic and beautiful, and it became the inspiration for the video.

I was also impressed to see that the content of the article about this track, written by David Sylvian, was exactly the same as our feeling about creation". - Junya Watanabe



David Sylvian “ERR” available to preorder

28.07.21: Permalink » David Sylvian “ERR” available to preorder

Grönland Records announce ERR: A photographic essay by David Sylvian, with text by Shinya Fujiwara and an original poem by Daisy Lafarge, ‘a road is a shape of devotion’. A limited edition publication: 500 copies signed and numbered by the artist. 50 signed, unnumbered copies randomly distributed among the remaining edition. Publication date: 19 November 2021.

Art direction: David Sylvian. Assistant art direction: Yuka Fujii. Graphic design and typography: Giles Dunn for Punkt, London.

Size: 235 × 300 mm landscape. Extent: 216 pages. Cover: Full dust jacket over foil blocked case cover. Printing: Offset lithography. Binding: Thread sewn book block, case bound.

Purchase the Standard Edition of ERR at the Grönland Shop.
Signed and Numbered Edition: sold out.

Visit the davidsylvian.com ERR microsite to read David’s notes on the book



Announcing 2019’s David Sylvian Vinyl Reissues

13.12.18: Permalink » Announcing 2019’s David Sylvian Vinyl Reissues

February 2019 sees the deluxe vinyl release of four David Sylvian albums spanning the period 1984 to 1987. Pre-order your copies here: davidsylvian.lnk.to/reissues

Brilliant Trees (1LP Deluxe)
David Sylvian’s debut solo album from 1984 is to be released for the first time on 180gram vinyl. Featuring the singles “Red Guitar”, “The Ink in The Well” and “Pulling Punches”, the album is now housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed inner bag and comes with a download card. David is joined on his debut album by a stellar cast including Holger Czukay, Jon Hassell, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Isham, Phil Palmer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Danny Thompson.

Alchemy – An Index of Possibilities (1LP Deluxe)
David Sylvian’s intermediary album, made up of two entirely separate projects from 1985, is to be released for the first time on 180gram vinyl. Featuring brand new artwork, the album includes rare photographs by Yuka Fujii, design by Chris Bigg, and a download card. David is joined on ‘Alchemy’ by Holger Czukay, Robert Fripp, Jon Hassell, Steve Jansen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Kenny Wheeler.

Gone To Earth (2LP Deluxe)
David Sylvian’s second solo album proper, a 2LP set from 1986, is to be released for the first time on 180gram vinyl. Featuring the singles “Silver Moon” and “Taking The Veil”, the 2LP set is housed in a gatefold sleeve with brand new artwork, including rare photographs by Yuka Fujii, design by Chris Bigg, and printed inner bags plus a download card. David is joined on his second solo album by Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Phil Palmer, B.J. Cole, Mel Collins, Steve Jansen, and Steve Nye.

Secrets of The Beehive (1LP Deluxe)
David Sylvian’s third solo album from 1987 is to be released for the first time on 180gram vinyl. Including the singles “Orpheus” and “Let The Happiness In”, the album features new artwork based on Nigel Grierson’s original photographs, redesigned by Chris Bigg, housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed inner bag and download card. David is joined on his 3rd solo album by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mark Isham, Steve Jansen, Danny Thompson, and David Torn.



Yuka Fujii “Like Planets” now available to preorder

25.09.18: Permalink » Yuka Fujii “Like Planets” now available to preorder

Osmosis UK and Opium Arts in cooperation with Eyesencia present Like Planets, a photographic essay by Yuka Fujii. Hard cover, 260mm x 220mm Landscape. 170 pages. Designed by Chris Bigg in a limited edition of 1,500. The first 500 copies are signed and numbered by Yuka Fujii and David Sylvian. Randomly included in the remaining 1,000 copies are 15 signed unnumbered copies. Regular edition: £50, signed edition: £65. Available from 2nd November 2018.

Like Planets consists of 5 chapters. The book documents a seemingly quiet, intimate, existence in the company of her then partner, the artist, David Sylvian. Far from the world of popular music, the book reads like a visual poem of the time shared together. Sylvian is depicted in hotel rooms, small villages, graveyards, landscapes rural, exotic, and forbidding, before finally reaching a point of change, of grace, in the darkened rooms of Konya and Istanbul. Interspersed with poems and quotations, this is a tantalising and evocative glimpse of an intensely private life at a pivotal point in its evolution.

‘David and I were frequently like planets revolving around one another and, in some sense, this gravitational pull continues to this day.’ – YUKA FUJII

‘It’s hard to match the beauty of David Sylvian’s songs and sound in a visual context … but, judging by this beautifully shot and presented book … Yuka Fujii’s images come very close.’ – ANTON CORBIJN


Preorder the regular edition
Preorder the signed edition
Visit the Like Planets microsite: davidsylvian.com/likeplanets



David Sylvian “Dead Bees On A Cake” (2018 Standard Edition)

08.08.18: Permalink » David Sylvian “Dead Bees On A Cake” (2018 Standard Edition)

Following on from the success of the RSD 2018 white vinyl edition of David Sylvian's 1999 album Dead Bees on a Cake, Universal now present the album on 180gram black vinyl, expanded with the additional four tracks that Sylvian intended for the original release, ‘The Scent of Magnolia’, ‘Albuquerque (Dobro #6)’, ‘Cover Me With Flowers’ and ‘Aparna and Nimisha ( Dobro #5)’.

The artwork, designed by Chris Bigg, differs from the RSD edition featuring a cover portrait by David's ex-wife, Ingrid Chavez, with additional rare photographs by Anton Corbijn.

Pre-order “Dead Bees On A Cake” (2018 Standard Edition) here




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