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To The Moon and Back – out now digitally

30.11.22: Permalink » To The Moon and Back – out now digitally

In celebration of composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 70th birthday, Milan Records presents A Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto - To the Moon and Back, a collection of songs from Sakamoto’s vast catalogue newly reworked and remodelled by contemporary artists and collaborators.

The release, featuring ‘Grains (Sweet Paulownia Wood)’ (David Sylvian Remodel), is now available digitally. The vinyl edition will be released on Friday 9 December.

ryuichisakamoto.lnk.to/tothemoon



A Tribute To Ryuichi Sakamoto – To The Moon And Back

07.10.22: Permalink » A Tribute To Ryuichi Sakamoto – To The Moon And Back

‘A Tribute To Ryuichi Sakamoto – To The Moon And Back’ is a collection of songs celebrating the legendary composer on his 70th birthday. The album, to be released in December by Milan Records, includes ‘Grains (Sweet Paulownia Wood)’ (David Sylvian Remodel).

“From contemporary admirers of Sakamoto’s work like Thundercat, Devonté Hynes, and Hildur Guðnadóttir to longtime collaborators and friends like David Sylvian, Alva Noto, Cornelius, and Fennesz, plus some of Sakamoto’s personal favorites like Lim Giong, Gabrial Wek, and 404.zero, the included artists reflect the breadth of Sakamoto’s influence on contemporary music. Given full access to the musician’s extensive catalogue of solo releases and film scores, each artist personally selected their contribution and put their unique spin on Sakamoto’s originals.”

Further info: ryuichisakamoto.lnk.to/tothemoon



BBC Radio 6, 27 October 2022

07.10.22: Permalink » BBC Radio 6, 27 October 2022

David Sylvian will be appearing on the Mary Ann Hobbs radio show. More info: bbc.co.uk



Shadow Worlds

07.10.22: Permalink » Shadow Worlds

“Plato suggested that a person chained alone inside a cave, unable to see the outside, would formulate their ideas of the physical world based on the shadows projected onto their cave walls.”

This text was the inspiration for a special folio of original prints by artists David Sylvian, Lance Austin Olsen, and Jamie Drouin.

Each artist was invited to interpret the theme in their own way, and to produce two unique visual artworks. Implementing a range of printing methods including letterpress, woodblock relief, giclée, and hand applied ink, the resulting six prints are housed inside a handmade paper folder with string-tie closure.

Extending upon the theme of an ever-shifting reality, the artist names, signatures, and edition number only appear on a page included inside the folio, with the six individual prints left open for association.

Shadow Worlds was available in a limited handmade edition of 25 from Infrequency Arts. This edition is now sold out.

infrequency.org



‘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




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