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


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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



David Sylvian & Holger Czukay

26.04.18: Permalink » David Sylvian & Holger Czukay

Grönland Records announce the reissue of seminal ambient records Plight & Premonition (1988) and Flux & Mutability (1989), by David Sylvian & Holger Czukay. Release date: 22nd June 2018.

Grönland Records are proud to announce the reissue of one of ambient music's hidden gems, by two unique musicians whose paths originally crossed in the early-eighties while working on Sylvian’s debut solo album, Brilliant Trees. In 1986, David Sylvian - of British Art-Pop band Japan - and Holger Czukay - founding member and bassist in legendary German Kosmiche band Can - were ostensibly reconvening for Sylvian to record a vocal for Czukay's forthcoming album Rome Remains Rome. But on arriving at Czukay's studio - a former cinema in Köln - Sylvian began playing freeform, improvising on readily available instruments located in the studio itself. No sooner had Sylvian, on whatever instrument he’d been applying himself, start to structurally define/refine the performance than Czukay would stop the recording he’d surreptitiously been making. Czukay had attempted to capture the process of creation without a musician's inclination for refinement. This process, drawn out over two nights, gave birth to the duos first, full-fledged, collaboration, Plight and Premonition.

Having been out of print for some time, the parallels between the original release 30 years ago and now are quite stark; at the time of recording the Cold War was lifting - but still very real - after a bitter winter. The names Plight & Premonition and Flux & Mutability themselves hint at an instability. In Sylvian's words, the sessions seemed to touch on something: “A form of music that seemed to have been created while we were absent by instruments abandoned to the earth and the woods, sounded by the coarse winter elements.”

The version of Plight & Premonition included here is a remix by Sylvian from 2002. All the recordings have been fully remastered. The packaging has been redesigned by Chris Bigg with art direction by Sylvian with new, previously unseen, photographs by Yuka Fujii, accompanied by an extensive essay by David Toop.

Originally released separately, they are now packaged in a 2CD / 2LP set.

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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




Seasons greetings from Samadhisound

17.12.15: Permalink » Seasons greetings from Samadhisound



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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