Albums


When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima


When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima

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Nine Horses: Money For All, 2007 SamadhiSound


Money For All
Get The Hell Out
The Banality Of Evil (Burnt Friedman Remix)
Wonderful World (Burnt Friedman Remix)
Birds Sing For Their Lives
Serotonin (Burnt Friedman Remix)
Money For All (Version)
Get The Hell Out (Burnt Friedman Remix)

More information on this release, and audio samples can be found at samadhisound.com. Further reading at ninehorses.com


Nine Horses: Snow Borne Sorrow, 2005 SamadhiSound


Wonderful World
Darkest Birds
The Banality Of Evil
Atom And Cell
A History Of Holes
Snow Borne Sorrow
The Day The Earth Stole Heaven
Serotonin
The Librarian

More information on this release, and audio samples can be found at samadhisound.com. Further reading at ninehorses.com


The Good Son vs. The Only Daughter, 2004 SamadhiSound


The Only Daughter (Remixed by Ryoji Ikeda)
Blemish (Remixed by Burnt Friedman)
The Heart Knows Better (Remix by Sweet Billy Pilgrim)
A Fire In The Forest (Remix by ReadyMade FC)
The Good Son (Remix by Yoshihiro Hanno)
Late Night Shopping (Remix by Burnt Friedman)
How Little We Need To Be Happy (Remix by Tatsuhiko Asano)
The Only Daughter (Remix by Jan Bang & Erik Honore)
Blemish (Remix by Akira Rabelais)

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Blemish, 2003, SamadhiSound


Blemish
The Good Son
The Only Daughter
The Heart Knows Better
She Is Not
Late Night Shopping
How Little We Need To Be Happy
A Fire In The Forest

David Sylvian's 2003 solo album, his first since Dead Bees On a Cake. It was the debut release for his own Samadhi Sound label. David set aside a month to write and record the album while taking a break from the project that he and his brother, Steve Jansen, are currently working on. He has created an impromptu suite of songs for guitar, electronics and voice. The compositions were crafted from improvisational sessions captured live in the studio. Working almost entirely alone David has created an emotionally raw, minimal work, of immediacy and stark beauty. Although there are elements in his previous body of work that hint at the direction taken here the CD, entitled simply 'Blemish', appears to cover new ground in style, content, intensity of emotion, and in the seemly open ended nature of the compositions themselves. Adding to the intensity and air of experimentation is the presence of Derek Bailey. Three of the pieces included on 'Blemish' were written with, and feature, the legendary free-jazz guitarist. The final track of the CD features a haunting electronic arrangement by Christian Fennesz.

The album was recorded in the month of February 03 and mixed in March 03. All aspects of the recording were handled by David himself. More information on this release, and audio samples can be found here

Camphor, 2002 Venture


All Of My Mother's Names
Red Earth (as Summertime ends)
Answered Prayers
The Song Which Gives the Key to Perfection
New Moon at Red Deer Wallow
Praise
Wave (version)
Mother And Child (remix)
Plight (version)
Upon This Earth
Big Wheels in Shanty Town
The Healing Place
Camphor
A Brief Conversation Ending in Divorce
Mutability
Plight
Mutability
Premonition

A predominately instrumental compilation album, a companion piece to 'Everything And Nothing', this release also featured a number of remixes and previously unreleased material. The original 2002 limited edition release also included a remix of the 'Plight and Premonition' CD.

Sylvian / Fripp: Damage (re-issue), 2001 Venture


God's Monkey
Brightness Falls
Every Colour You Are
Jean the Birdman
Firepower
Damage
Gone To Earth
20th Century Dreaming
Wave
River Man
Blinding Light Of Heaven
The First Day

Recorded on the "Road to Graceland '93" tour at London's Albert Hall. This followed the release of the album The First Day and is considered by many to be superior to its studio counterpart. Originally mixed by Robert Fripp and released in September 1994 it was remixed by David in 2000 and released the following year. The band features Trey Gunn and Michael Brook.

Everything And Nothing, 2000 Virgin


The Scent Of Magnolia
Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)
Blackwater
Albuquerque (Dobro # 6)
Ride
The Golden Way
Ghosts (Japan)
Pop Song
Every Colour You Are
Wanderlust
God's Monkey
Let The Happiness In
I Surrender
Thoroughly Lost To Logic
Come Morning
Jean The Birdman
Cover Me with Flowers
The Boy With The Gun
River Man
Aparna and Nimisha (Dobro #5)
Midnight Sun
Orpheus
Some Kind Of Fool
Cries and Whispers
Godman
Laughter & Forgetting
Buoy (remix)
Weathered Wall
Bamboo Houses
The Scent Of Magnolia
Blinding Light Of Heaven
The Scent Of Magnolia
Brilliant Trees

David's approach to the proposition of a compilation album spanning some 20 odd years with Virgin Records was to create an overview of the multiple directions in which his work had taken him during that period. Focusing entirely on vocal compositions this double album also included a wealth of previously unreleased material ('The Scent of Magnolia', 'Ride', 'Cover Me With Flowers' among others) along with a number of remixes. A wonderful starting point for newcomers to David's work. The album was released in October 2000.

Approaching Silence, 1999 Venture


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Epiphany
Approaching Silence

This album contains three compositions (two of them long form) created exclusively for two independent gallery installations. Two pieces,'The Beekeepers Apprentice' and 'Epiphany' originally accompanied the 'Ember Glance' installation, a multi media work made in collaboration with the artists Russell Mills and Ian Walton, and exhibited in Tokyo, September 1990. 'Approaching Silence' accompanied the multi media work 'Redemption' installed at the P3 Gallery, Tokyo 1994. The CD was compiled and released in 1999.

Dead Bees On A Cake, 1999 Virgin


I Surrender
Dobro #1
Midnight Sun
Thalheim
Godman
Alphabet Angel
Krishna Blue
The Shining Of Things
Café Europe
Pollen Path
All Of My Mother's Names
Wanderlust
Praise
Darkest Dreaming

While continuing collaborations with artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Steve Jansen, the album also features contributions from guitarist Marc Ribot and tabla player Talvin Singh. Recorded in many locations on both sides of the Atlantic, produced by David, and documenting an eventful and transformative period in his life, the work is openly celebratory in nature. It was released in March 1999.

Sylvian / Fripp: Damage, 1994 Virgin


Damage
God's Monkey
Brightness Falls
Every Colour You Are
Firepower
Gone To Earth
20th Century Dreaming
Wave
River Man
Darshan
Blinding Light Of Heaven
The First Day

Recorded on the "Road to Graceland '93" tour at London's Albert Hall. This followed the release of the album The First Day and is considered by many to be superior to its studio counterpart. Originally mixed by Robert Fripp and released in September 1994 it was remixed by David in 2000 and released the following year. The band features Trey Gunn and Michael Brook.

Sylvian / Fripp: The First Day, 1993 Virgin


God's Monkey
Jean The Birdman
Firepower
Brightness Falls
20th Century Dreaming
Darshan
Bringing Down The Light

David and Robert Fripp came together in 1992 to further explore the collaboration started on the Gone to Earth sessions. Recorded in New York and New Orleans, produced by David with engineer David Bottrill, the album features a core group of musicians with Trey Gunn on Chapman Stick, Jerry Marotta on drums, and Marc Anderson on percussion. The First Day was released in July 1993.

Rain Tree Crow, 1991 Virgin


Big Wheels in Shanty Town
Every Colour You Are
Red Earth (as Summertime ends)
Rain Tree Crow
Pocket full of Change
Boat's For Burning
New Moon at Red Deer Wallow
Blackwater
A Reassuringly Dull Sunday
Black Crow Hits Shoeshine City
Scratchings On The Bible Belt
Cries and Whispers

Having introduced improvisation into aspects of his writing with compositions such as 'Steel Cathedrals' and the two albums recorded with Holger Czukay, David pursued this approach further with the original line up of the group Japan under the name Rain Tree Crow. A mix of vocal and instrumental work this album remains David's personal favourite of all the material created with these musicians. Recorded in various locations throughout Europe in 1999 the CD was released in April 1991.

Weatherbox, 1989 Virgin


A beautifully produced limited edition boxed set featuring the albums 'Brilliant Trees', 'Alchemy', 'Gone To Earth', and 'Secrets of the Beehive', in a package designed by artist Russell Mills in association with David and Yuka Fujii.











Sylvian / Czukay: Flux & Mutability, 1989 Virgin


Flux (a big, bright, colourful world)
Mutability ("a new beginning is in the offing")

David returned to Can Studio, Koln in 1989 to record a companion piece to 'Plight and Premonition'. Once again, the album consists of two long form, drone-based compositions, and features contributions from Marcus Stockhausen, Jaki Liebezeit, and Micheal Karoli.

Sylvian / Czukay: Plight & Premonition, 1988 Virgin


Plight (the spiralling of winter ghosts)
Premonition (giant empty iron vessel)

On Holger's invitation David spent a few nights working in Can studio with the legendary bass player which saw the production of this evocative album. Two long form, drone-based, instrumental compositions, this album has remained a firm favourite of David's. Originally released in March 1988 David produced a remix of the entire album as a bonus CD with the instrumental compilation 'Camphor'.

Secrets Of The Beehive, 1987 Virgin


September
The Boy With The Gun
Maria
Orpheus
The Devil's Own
When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
Mother And Child
Let The Happiness In
Waterfront
Forbidden Colours
Promise (The Cult of Eurydice)

Released in October 1987. A predominantly acoustic recording it features Danny Thompson, Phil Palmer, Mark Isham, David Torn and Steve Jansen, together with orchestral arrangements by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Recorded at Studio Miraval in the south of France, and produced by Steve Nye, the album contains some of David's most personal songs to date and remains a firm favourite among many of his listeners.

Gone To Earth, 1986 Virgin


Taking The Veil
Laughter & Forgetting
Before The Bullfight
Gone To Earth
Wave
River Man
Silver Moon
The Healing Place
Answered Prayers
Where the Railroad Meets the Sea
The Wooden Cross
Silver Moon over Sleeping Steeples
Camp Fire: Coyote Country
A Bird Of Prey Vanishes Into A Deep Blue Cloudless Sky
Home
Sunlight Seen through Towering Trees
Upon This Earth

Released in September 1986. It was recorded in part at The Manor Studios in Oxfordshire, England, with producer Steve Nye. The double album, containing seven vocal tracks and ten instrumental pieces, intermingles the personal with the themes of gnosticism and alchemy, and features contributions from guitarists Bill Nelson and Robert Fripp, alongside Steve Jansen and Kenny Wheeler.

Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities, 1985 Virgin


Words With The Shaman
Preparations for a Journey
Steel Cathedrals

Recorded in Tokyo and London 1984-85 this project saw David exploring themes and directions that first surfaced on the Brilliant Trees sessions. Entirely instrumental, it features a diverse range of talent including Jon Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen, Kenny Wheeler, Holger Czukay, and Robert Fripp among others.

Brilliant Trees, 1984 Virgin


Pulling Punches
The Ink In The Well
Nostalgia
Red Guitar
Weathered Wall
Backwaters
Brilliant Trees

Recorded in late 1983 at Hansa tone Studios in Berlin with producer Steve Nye. A recording of considerable significance in David's output instigating as it does new working methods and a level of inquiry that radically broadened the emotional range and scope of his work. The cast of collaborators includes Ryuichi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay, Jon Hassell and Kenny Wheeler. Critically celebrated on its release Brilliant Trees went straight into the UK chart at number 4.




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