David Sylvian S/D

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excluding rain tree crow and japan, m'kay.

Shaun Kinski, Tuesday, 6 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

In this order....

Secrets Of The Beehive Gone To Earth (the first two sides - destroy the instrumental stuff) Brilliant Trees Dead Bees On A Cake

Destroy: Alchemy Most of the instrumental stuff except the Plight and Premonition. Sylvian/Fripp

Baxter Wingnut, Tuesday, 6 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

There was actually a similar thread a couple of weeks ago, but I can't find it. The Orpheus 12" & Secrets of the Beehive pretty much sum up what I Like about his music.

Jez, Tuesday, 6 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Seek out : The First Day . Damage . Approaching Silence . Gone to Earth . Alchemy - an index of possibilities . Flux + Mutability .

not really necessary, but nice just the same : Dead Bees on a Cake, Secrets of the Beehive, Brilliant Trees, Plight and Premonition, Everything and Nothing

Destroy : Camphor

brian, Friday, 9 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Search: Sylvian's entire catalog

Though you will find many flaws...Brilliant Trees has tracks like Pulling Punches and Red Guitar, reminiscent of cheesy Japan tracks that were probably included to keep fans of that band satisfied...Gone to Earth,with the exception of needless Laughter and Forgetting occupying space, is flawless... Secrets of the Beehive includes a few too many songs in 6/8 time cuz Sylvo was in his serious Nick Drake psuedo folky phase, and this style only truly succeeds with the song Orpheus...Half of Dead Bees on a Cake is forgettable...

Alchemy is an enjoyable listening experience...Plight and Premonition is interesting , Flux and Mutability shows the improvisational path he would take with Rain Tree Crow (which were the guys from Japan, but it is so much better than anything they did)...Ember Glance is innocuous...

Sylvian / Fripp's THE FIRST DAY was definitely an important collaboration of the early nineties for both participants. Fripp kicks some much needed life into Sylvian and proves that he actually can be ballsy when he sets out to. the true stars of this album is the American rhythm section of Trey Gunn and Jerry Marotta, who groove so heavily throughout...the live album, DAMAGE, is easily the best live album from the nineties... Approaching Silence is a nice ambient piece that serves very well as either background listening or under close scrutiny... It's a shame that Fripp felt compelled to dredge up the old Crimson banner, cause his work with Sylvian was far superior.

gigi, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Japan>Solo Sylvian, Crimson>Solo Sylvian, gigi=mentalist. : )

Sean, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

This may be widely known or maybe not. I once read that Fripp had originally hoped (circa 92) that the lineup of Sylvian, Gunn, Marotta and himself make up the reformed Crimson. Sylvian declined, effectively leading towards Crimson's taking a huge step backward. Then, in 94, after Sylvian and Fripp completed Redemption / Approaching Silence, I read that Sylvian hoped that there was a chance of Sylvian Fripp and Gunn working once again in the trio format that they undertook for The First Day tours of Japan and Italy. Pity that this never came to fruition due to the happenings with Crimson. So Sylvian decided to do the Slow Fire tour as a solo performer in 95.

megan, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

five years pass...

i can't believe he left "wave" and "forbidden colors" off of "everything and nothing" and put some of the crappy stuff he did on there.

akm, Sunday, 3 August 2008 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link

anyway right now I can't think of a better 40 minute album than the first half of "gone to earth". at the risk of sounding like Bimble or something, this thing really kicked my ass all week. probably twice a year I got back on Sylvian binges and it's always something different that stands out as his high point.

akm, Sunday, 3 August 2008 06:27 (fourteen years ago) link

also, those ingrid chavez collaborations (the four songs from little girls with 99 lives) are pretty terrible (except for the one without her on it).

akm, Sunday, 3 August 2008 06:43 (fourteen years ago) link

search: blemish, nine horses stuff, secrets of the beehive, gone to earth

destroy: dead bees on a cake

ConnieXX, Sunday, 3 August 2008 08:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh no someone else besides me revived a David Sylvian thread. Oh my god. I could go on and on and on about Gone To Earth. Please don't get me started.

Also I recently tried the Damage album with Robert Fripp. I was actually pleasantly surprised, though I guess my expectations were low. There was an especially amazing song on that..."Every Colour You Are". I don't think I made it through the whole album, though. Not sure if I heard the last two songs or not.

So much music, so little time.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Sunday, 3 August 2008 10:36 (fourteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

New David Sylvian album


13.03.09: David Sylvian ‘Manafon’

We’re preparing for the release of David’s new album ‘Manafon’. It’s a powerfully bold, uncompromising work featuring contributions from Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, and many more. We’ll be sharing more information on the release shortly.

djmartian, Friday, 13 March 2009 21:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been listening to Smokey Robinson and thinking that he must have been on big influence on Sylvian's vocal style (the little waver in his voice). I suppose it was obvious because of the "I Second that Emotion" and "Ain't that Peculiar" covers...but for some reason I never made the connection in the actual style of singing.

Patrick South, Friday, 13 March 2009 21:35 (thirteen years ago) link

this is the only good news i've had all week

akm, Friday, 13 March 2009 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

This is gonna be chock a block with catchy tunes then...

sonnyboy, Friday, 13 March 2009 22:55 (thirteen years ago) link

tilbury and rowe together again. pretty excited here.

jed_, Friday, 13 March 2009 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

This sounds awesome - hopefully a followup to Blemish at last.

toby, Friday, 13 March 2009 23:59 (thirteen years ago) link

"tilbury and rowe together again. pretty excited here."

no, from what I know about these recordings, there were some made in Vienna (w/ Rowe, Fennesz, Stangl, others), some in Tokyo (w/ Otomo, Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura, I think Tetuzi Akiyama?), and there must have been others made in London with Tilbury and Evan Parker and others (this is the first I'm hearing of this last part). anyway, Keith and John didn't play together, or I certainly would have heard about it.

and as this looks basically like a David and the Erstwhile All-Stars project, I'm pretty excited to hear the results. FWIW, the Tokyo and Vienna recordings were made quite some time ago, I believe, late 2005/maybe early 2006?

jon abbey, Saturday, 14 March 2009 14:34 (thirteen years ago) link

thanks for the info, jon. i didn't love blemish but i'm still excited to hear this.

jed_, Saturday, 14 March 2009 20:43 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm hoping it's more snow borne sorrow than blemish

kamerad, Saturday, 14 March 2009 21:12 (thirteen years ago) link

just judging from the other musicians, I think it's going to be pretty new territory for him.

jon abbey, Saturday, 14 March 2009 22:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I heard that this will be both a CD and DVD, and that it may be out as soon as April (although that's a really quick turnaround, so let's see).

jon abbey, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 21:27 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

looks like I was part right:

"Manafon's release date is set for Sept 14th. Manafon will be available in two editions. A regular CD/digipak edition and a twin volume deluxe edition with CD and DVD featuring the film 'Amplified Gesture'."


jon abbey, Friday, 17 July 2009 02:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Sadly the title of the film makes me think of an even angrier flipping of the bird.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 July 2009 02:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Wire cover story next month too, dunno who's doing it/did it.

jon abbey, Monday, 20 July 2009 06:34 (thirteen years ago) link

That'll be just over ten years since dude's last cover story, then.


anagram, Monday, 20 July 2009 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Press waffle sent out just now:

On Manafon, Sylvian pursues "a completely modern kind of chamber music. Intimate, dynamic, emotive, democratic, economical." In sessions in London, Vienna, and Tokyo, Sylvian assembled the world's leading improvisers and innovators, artists who explore free improvisation, space-specific performance, and live electronics. From Evan Parker and Keith Rowe, to Fennesz and members of Polwechsel, to Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide, the musicians provide both a backdrop and a counterweight to his own vocal performances - which, minus one instrumental, are nakedly the center of each piece.

Sylvian's voice has never been so dominant or so striking, and his resonant tenor and deliberate vibrato captivate the listener from the start of "Small Metal Gods." Its prominence would come off as egotistical - except that each performance is an exercise in self-exposure, and each character study is written in the third-person, to allow the maximum detachment.

"It's like a one-man monologue in which every change of light and backdrop is crucial to the carrying of the central performance. It's an ensemble work even though there is a central performance." Though the setlist is all ballads, romanticism is out, and no percussion provides a pulse. All the melody and rhythm rest in the voice. Aside from overdubs of acoustic guitar or John Tilbury's somber, Feldman-esque phrases on piano, Sylvian enhanced but did not reconfigure the improvisations, giving himself just the skeletons of songs to guide him.

When an instrument locks with the lyrics - as when Fennesz introduces a texture that clinches the disaster of "Snow White in Appalachia" - the moment is indescribable; when it dissolves, Sylvian doesn't pause. Neither a complement nor a Greek chorus, the instrumentalists maintain an ambiguous attitude to the singer, and what he's saying. When Sylvian's delivery implies sympathy or mockery on "The Greatest Living Englishman," the music is cantankerous but dry, and Otomo Yoshihide's abrupt snippets of classical vinyl may or may not share the joke.

The closing track, "Manafon," depicts the British poet R. S. Thomas. Sylvian explains that it is "a description of a man of faith, who struggles with that faith, who imposes an order on the external world in the hope of finding it internally. A man who embraces the morals and values of his faith and lives by them but who also struggles with the silence that burns inside his own heart and mind. God's silence. He's a man out of time who begins to look, on the surface, more like some tragicomic figure as time passes. While he seems to be an insufferable individual in many ways there's a quixotic element in his quest for knowledge, for upholding morals and values that even he struggles with when it comes to believing in their efficacy."

Manafon's contradictions lay at the heart of its excellence. It's driven not just by the tension between improvisation and composition, frontman and ensemble, or in Sylvian's words, "intimacy and solitude." Manafon captures the dilemma of a man who studies himself clincically, but cannot truly understand himself; who's disillusioned, but maybe laughably so. The most common sensation, which hangs in almost every note, is a feeling of suspense. The sole instrumental - to which Sylvian also contributes - sounds less like a performance, and more like a wellspring of possibilities.

The album ends simply on a phrase and a breath. But there's a happier ending in its other theme: Manafon also explores the creative process. Intuition drew Sylvian to these pieces and these players, and the surprises they bring: a cello visiting like a warm hand on a forehead, the unpredictable use of unadulterated sine waves, the brassy path of Evan Parker's soprano sax solo. Manafon has a forbidding core, but aesthetically, each piece is an engrossing discovery.

"Maybe I'm attracted to the stories of individuals who search for meaning on their own terms," says Sylvian. "But what I'm fascinated by is the devotion to a creative discipline. The meaning with which the work imbues the life regardless of its reception and, to a certain extent, its importance."

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 14:52 (thirteen years ago) link

This new one's killing it. Reminds me a touch of the start to Laughing Stock in its fragmentary/rough-edged feel, but maintained and developed in different directions throughout the album, while Sylvian's always a calm center.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 July 2009 04:42 (thirteen years ago) link

often he's a calm centre to generally calm songs. nice to hear that there's a bit of a rough dynamic to this one.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:14 (thirteen years ago) link

He's certainly been playing around more with that over this decade but this is probably his most consistent work on that front. It's not the songs are explosive -- they're understated but very unsettled.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:20 (thirteen years ago) link


Turangalila, Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow Ned, that sounds great! Can't wait.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:29 (thirteen years ago) link

That video alone... great, great stuff.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Looking forward to this a lot. Loved what the Polwechsel guys did with Dean Roberts (i.e. Autistic Daughters).

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:48 (thirteen years ago) link

am i missing something? that video is just the live version of "a fire in the forest"

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Thursday, 30 July 2009 12:28 (thirteen years ago) link

yes that's what i'm hearing.

psyched about this

sonderangerbot, Thursday, 30 July 2009 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah, thanks damo, didn't pick that up.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually I meant to post another video, but am at work. It's David talking about all the musicians he worked with for this album.

Turangalila, Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Finally something to look forward to.

I played that video and—what is it, a promo? it's hard to tell—I actually hope the album doesn't have too much of that granular, burbling Fennesz sound in it. It worked once, brilliantly, but the minute I started watching the video I caught myself thinking "that's a bit of a dated sound, eh?" Maybe I have absurdly high expectations here, but some of that melodic software improv stuff hasn't aged all that well to my ears.

Sachiko M, though, is basically the anti-Fennesz though so I'm sure it will all come out balanced. Pity Ami Yoshida—Sachiko M's old partner in the delightful Cosmos—isn't onboard. Her chirping and retching noises + Sachiko's hiss and crackle would have been a beautiful voice/electronic dual counterpoint to the Sylvian croon + the Fennesz syrup.

I'm going to go run around in the yard for a minute.

VahRehVah (fields of salmon), Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:07 (thirteen years ago) link

fields of salmon, that video was fanmade. No clips from the album have surfaced online as far as I know.

Turangalila, Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Search song: Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit – The Librarian (feat. David Sylvian) *aka* Nine Horses - The Librarian.

Moka, Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:22 (thirteen years ago) link

did anyone hear When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima from 2007? one long ambient piece made up of field recordings made at naoshima. based on the collaborators alone i'm guessing it's pretty good

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:33 (thirteen years ago) link

gahhhh when will Manafon LEAK goddamnit :(

Turangalila, Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:38 (thirteen years ago) link

did anyone hear When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima from 2007? one long ambient piece made up of field recordings made at naoshima. based on the collaborators alone i'm guessing it's pretty good

― damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Sunday, August 9, 2009 11:33 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

Love it! Haven't dound a copy of it myself, so have to do it with my illegal mp3. But it's great ~ stretching his common 'song' sound and length for an entire album. It's quite blissful.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 10 August 2009 00:14 (thirteen years ago) link


young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 10 August 2009 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

"Sachiko M, though, is basically the anti-Fennesz though so I'm sure it will all come out balanced. Pity Ami Yoshida—Sachiko M's old partner in the delightful Cosmos—isn't onboard. Her chirping and retching noises + Sachiko's hiss and crackle would have been a beautiful voice/electronic dual counterpoint to the Sylvian croon + the Fennesz syrup."

ha! someone should do a mashup of Ami's part of Soba to Bara with the Manafon backgrounds, Sobafon.

anyway, sadly for your plan, Sachiko and Fennesz don't overlap here. the individual personnel for each track are listed in a post at the link below, the only track Sachiko is on is the one I'm by far the most excited about, mostly for the personnel but also for the title:

the greatest living englishman (10:55)
music: akiyama/sachiko m/nakamura/yoshihide/sylvian
lyrics: sylvian
electric and acoustic guitar (left channel): tetuzi akiyama
no-input mixer: toshimaru nakamura
sine wave sampler: sachiko m.
turntables, acoustic guitar (right channel): otomo yoshihide
piano: john tilbury
vocals: david sylvian


jon abbey, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 04:04 (thirteen years ago) link

that lineup is all kinds of amazing.

Turangalila, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 04:06 (thirteen years ago) link

@ [email address removed] (r1o natsume)

Been trying to get back to you, but the ILX-mail robot continues to fail on me. Could you drop me an e-mail at [another mail removed] ?

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 08:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Search song: Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit – The Librarian (feat. David Sylvian) *aka* Nine Horses - The Librarian.

I believe they're different versions, albeit not dramatically.

Sylvian's done some fantastic guest vocal appearances, search these recent ones:
Tweaker - Pure Genius
Fennesz - Transit
Blonde Redhead - Messenger
Takagi Masakatsu - Exit/Delete
Punkt - Angels
Arve Henriksen - Thermal

Also there's a recent Samadhi sampler called "The World Is Everything" with two great Sylvian tracks, "The World Is Everything" and "Sleepwalkers".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 20:32 (thirteen years ago) link

He's been doing his first interviews since 2012 or so lately for the Czukay reissue.
A long three-pager was just posted in a Japan facebook group from Electronic Sound mag. Plus, something in this month's Uncut too.

Also, his website's GDPR email could possibly refer to new music this year, if you're feeling especially optimistic. Just as likely it means nothing though!

"After what has been a brief break davidsylvian.com is once again updated and fully functional. There’ll be exciting news coming from the site throughout the year.
We would like to stay in touch with you regarding all new releases/rereleases, news and publications by, or concerning, David Sylvian."

mr.raffles, Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:52 (four years ago) link

His Twitter feed is intriguing.

djh, Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:10 (four years ago) link

i am excite

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:31 (four years ago) link

there was somethign posted to the japan/sylvian FB group this morning and then swifly deleted, didn't catch what it was but it was a red image with something about news coming about something this year?

akm, Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:49 (four years ago) link

Yeah. The red image is from the email that went out today. Text is in my post above.

His twitter feed is great. How else would you find out he's buddies with Anton Newcombe!

mr.raffles, Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:17 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Found a pristine copy of the reissued Alchemy CD at Half-Price books yesterday, score. Based on the person upthread who hates it also hating the instrumental sides of Gone to Earth, which are my all-time favorite Sylvian sides, I'm guessing I'm going to like it!

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 18:39 (one year ago) link

You're in for a treat.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 18:45 (one year ago) link

yeah that is good stuff

akm, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 18:56 (one year ago) link

I'd rank most of Sylvian's instrumentals in the interesting-to-pleasant range, the exceptional ones are on Gone to Earth (and Japan records). They're a mostly more retiring than I prefer.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 19:19 (one year ago) link

The few instrumentals on rain tree crow are pinnacle stuff IMO

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 22:17 (one year ago) link

"Red Earth" is a nice one on that record, a little more outgoing than the others.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 01:47 (one year ago) link

So I've been listening to Alchemy the past couple of days and really enjoying it, but couldn't figure out why Words with the Shaman sounded so wacky... then I looked at the liner notes and oh, it's Jon Hassell! Should have guessed.

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Friday, 4 June 2021 04:30 (one year ago) link

My fav tracks (predictably) are the Stigma of Childhood and Steel Cathedrals, it'd be worth the price for Stigma of Childhood alone.

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Friday, 4 June 2021 05:05 (one year ago) link

By "wacky" you mean "awesome", right?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 June 2021 14:57 (one year ago) link

haha more like "I know this isn't David Sylvian or like Fripp or Nelson, who is doing this? (checks liner notes) ah of course, this is some Fourth World noises"

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Friday, 4 June 2021 15:12 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Twinkle3 ft David Sylvian and Kazuko Hohki - Upon This Fleeting Dream


StanM, Friday, 7 October 2022 09:42 (four months ago) link

I can't find the link now, but there's a Sylvian interview on Mary Anne Hobbs' show on 6 Music on 27/10/22.

giraffe, Friday, 7 October 2022 09:56 (four months ago) link

^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001d5w7

StanM, Friday, 7 October 2022 11:19 (four months ago) link

Thanks, I hope the interview is available outside the UK.

I've been on a real Sylvian kick recently, especially Brilliant Trees and Gone to Earth. I've owned both for about 20 years and they still sound as fresh as the day I first heard then.

I have Secrets of the Beehive coming in the mail. Great album. (I've been on a real binge of buying cheap CDs on Discogs since vinyl prices have become ridiculous. Some great stuff out there. It was only a few bucks for the Sylvian CD and similar for the Dead Can Dance debut.)

The Ghost Club, Friday, 7 October 2022 11:26 (four months ago) link

Thanks, StanM. The link works but for some reason there's no info there. Maybe that's because I'm outside the UK. Anyway, more importantly, I'm looking forward to hearing it.

giraffe, Friday, 7 October 2022 12:41 (four months ago) link

Weird - maybe this will work? -> This is the one preview track: https://cortizona.bandcamp.com/track/if-i-leave-no-trace ( https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=1015719844/size=large/linkcol=0084B4/notracklist=true/twittercard=true/ )

And the info/blurb there:

On ‘Upon This Fleeting Dream’ Clive Bell’s Twinkle3 embraces medieval and 16th century Japanese poems and haiku about death and saying farewell. Bell and Twnkle3, consisting of Dave Ross and Richard Scott, expand their sonic borders to unknown territory: bringing these pithy epigrams to a new Fourth World where electro-acoustic sounds glitches into an hypnagogic, if not unconscious level of fragile beauty.

The distinctive voice of David Sylvian, who reads the English version of the poems and created field recordings and the artwork for this album blends in the most organic way with the shakuhachi,Thai reed flutes and mouth organs played by Clive Bell.

The narrative voices of David Sylvian and Kazuko Hohki’s (Frank Chickens, Kahondo Style…) velvet timbre are the cornerstones of this compelling journey while the tangling and abstract rhythms transcending from Dave Ross’ modular synths and Richard Scott’s sampler and analogue electronics, unravel and unfold a mesmerizing universe with unknown dimensions and frequencies of a fleeting dream.

releases October 28, 2022

Clive Bell: Shakuhachi flute, pi saw and khene mouth organ
Dave Ross: Droscillator, modular synths, various wind and string instruments
Richard Scott: Sampler, modular synths and analogue electronics
David Sylvian: Vocals, field recordings and artwork/photography
Kazuko Hohki: Japanese voice

Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea Mastering
Cut by Dubplates & Mastering Berlin

Sleeve design and lay out by Jef Cuypers
Executive production by Philippe Cortens

StanM, Friday, 7 October 2022 12:54 (four months ago) link

No, I was referring to the BBC link.

I listened to the Hohki track. Thanks.

giraffe, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:19 (four months ago) link

oops, haha - I'm not in the UK either & it says the audio should be available after Oct 27th. (I can listen to older episodes too)

StanM, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:26 (four months ago) link

Yes that's all I can see too.

giraffe, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:44 (four months ago) link

Some more information about the BBC6 show via the Quietus:

Mary Anne Hobbs has announced that David Sylvian will take part in a special show on BBC 6 Music later this month, the musician's first major engagement with the media in fifteen years.

Speaking on her show today (11 October), Hobbs said: "David Sylvian has been comfortable in his own silence for the best part of 15 years, but of course there’s also a great joy in an artist surfacing after such an extended period of time to share some of their thoughts and ideas."

She revealed that Sylvian has recorded an audio diary from his home in rural New Hampshire, which will be broadcast as part of a special show titled 'Spirit Of Sylvian' on 27 October.

In addition, Hobbs said, "you'll hear artists who've influenced David, contemporary musicians that he's inspired, his own collaborations and solo work, and also some music that I would like to play to David."

willem, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 08:43 (three months ago) link

Meanwhile, just to add to the air of mystery, DS handed over his Twitter account to a third party a few days ago, who then pointed out that DS hasn't lived in NH for a decade, but didn't say where he lives now. :)

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:31 (three months ago) link

"David hasn't lived in NH since 2012. Since that time he's lived in London, the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, Berlin, and traveled all over the States as documented in his book 'ERR'. A minor detail but he's far from NH now, however, he does remain in seclusion."

Duke, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:01 (three months ago) link

I didn't know about his book.

Duke, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:02 (three months ago) link

I remember seeing pictures of the New Hampshire house and recording studio when it was being sold.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 14:16 (three months ago) link

That book sold out fairly quickly. As did the limited edition print set he just did with Lance Austin Olsen and another artist.

He mentioned on Twitter to not buy the Twinkle3 or Isabelle Adjani records coming out on his account, as he wasn't that involved in either:
"if I don't post something related to a release on my timeline it's because i'm not comfortable (mis)directing ppl to projects I've barely any involvement in. all news isn't newsworthy though some think otherwise. an album stands on its own merits irrespective of my involvement"

Very much looking forward to Hobbs show!

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 15:49 (three months ago) link

i imagine he still maintains his instagram, or has been, which has been a lot of yuka fuji photos from the past, and a lot of photos of his daughter, which look more recent.

akm, Thursday, 13 October 2022 05:55 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Interview available now:

doug watson, Thursday, 3 November 2022 23:43 (three months ago) link


willem, Friday, 4 November 2022 08:10 (three months ago) link

wow he has quite the American accent these days huh

lord of the rongs (anagram), Friday, 4 November 2022 08:51 (three months ago) link

he looks like a lesbian colleague

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 November 2022 09:23 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

First new singing vocal from the man in a decade or so (recorded in Jan/Feb 2022)... AND a lil video trailer (by Yuka Fuji - recorded last week apparently) to boot!


Missed this fella.

mr.raffles, Friday, 2 December 2022 18:16 (two months ago) link

Would really love to see this but Twitter is restricting access. Hopefully it'll be shared on another platform.

doug watson, Friday, 2 December 2022 21:19 (two months ago) link

He also shared it on Facebook... https://fb.watch/hadz_wwDzu/

mr.raffles, Friday, 2 December 2022 22:31 (two months ago) link

lol thanks raffles. you're doing your best.

(am lol'ing at my situation as i have access to neither facebook, nor twitter. ah well. we'll hear it soon enough.)

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Friday, 2 December 2022 23:27 (two months ago) link


doug watson, Saturday, 3 December 2022 00:23 (two months ago) link

Seems like the trailer he posted isn't up on YouTube (yet).

mr.raffles, Saturday, 3 December 2022 01:03 (two months ago) link

I’m excited about this too, though I am assuming maybe this means Sakamoto doesn’t have a lot of time left? That would be incredibly depressing.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 5 December 2022 18:50 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

A Xmas present from David: a Nine Horses demo from 2004


Xgau Murder Spa (nikola), Sunday, 25 December 2022 23:28 (one month ago) link

I'm kicking myself for not relistening to Nine Horses earlier when I was revisiting his solo discography. It's far from a side project. I guess the complex genesis of the record explains why it was released under a moniker. The jazz-folk-trip-hop spectrum, the incorporation of electronic and other elements not his own, and the band feel create a wonderful balance. I love how his music breathes, how he uses trumpet, and generally his careful carving of sound that makes you think of wood, glass, water, thread and such. I also like the idea of receiving demo tapes, editing out Jaki Liebezeit, and replacing him with another drummer. Perfect for the season.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 12:32 (one month ago) link

otm, do love the nine horses material. i also quote "the banality of evil" pretty often: right you are!

don't sleep on the ep of extras they did. very satisfying when you've played out the full length.

i'd rather do music and chill tf out (Austin), Wednesday, 4 January 2023 15:26 (one month ago) link

Nine Horses is basically two projects -- one with Burnt Friedman and another with Steve Jansen. And agree, it's very good -- probably his best "song"-ish material since he went in the less accessible (but amazing) Blemish/Manafon direction.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 5 January 2023 19:36 (one month ago) link

yeah i didn't properly 'receive' nine horses for quite awhile, now i really love it

realistic pillow (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 5 January 2023 20:23 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Deluxe cd box set on the horizon apparently. Best news ever!


For those not following him... here's the text:
"the Grönland release ‘Sleepwalkers’ features the track ‘do you know me now?’ which is also the title of a Universal / samadhisound deluxe CD box set to be released later this year. more info on the latter will be announced shortly"

mr.raffles, Friday, 20 January 2023 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

wonder what that box will include? I assume just the Samadhi Sound albums, I'm sure there will be a bunch of additional stuff that will make it a necessary purchase. Hope Nine Horses slips out on vinyl as part of this.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Friday, 20 January 2023 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

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