Sleepwalkers

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Like everything else he does, musical iconoclast David Sylvian's idea of a retrospective compilation is very different from the norm. Sleepwalkers is a 16-track, hour-plus collection focused on his many collaborations during the previous decade. Included are alternate takes from his own albums, remixes, reworked material and his contributions to the albums of others. There is one new cut, pointing to the future: "Five Lines" with Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, is a complex art song with a string quartet. According to Sylvian, Fujikura is working with him on a completely new, orchestral version of Manofon. This new piece is one of the many highlights. Another is "Playground ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Like everything else he does, musical iconoclast David Sylvian's idea of a retrospective compilation is very different from the norm. Sleepwalkers is a 16-track, hour-plus collection focused on his many collaborations during the previous decade. Included are alternate takes from his own albums, remixes, reworked material and his contributions to the albums of others. There is one new cut, pointing to the future: "Five Lines" with Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, is a complex art song with a string quartet. According to Sylvian, Fujikura is working with him on a completely new, orchestral version of Manofon. This new piece is one of the many highlights. Another is "Playground Martyrs," from brother Steve Jansen's album, Slope. While Jansen handles most of the instrumentation and a string arrangement, Sylvian delivers one of the most sonorous vocal performances of his career. Another track from Slope, "Ballad Of A Deadman," features a duet with Joan Wasser Joan as Police Woman on a mutant 12-bar blues. Thematically, light mixes with dark, and genres criss cross. On "Exit/Delete," from Takagi Masakatsu's Coieda, acoustic guitars, strings and ambient textures create something gauzy and nearly upbeat, while Sylvian delivers a devastating lyric, in equally upmood manner a la Lou Reed's Berlin, about an overdose suicide. "World Citizen - I Won't Be Disappointed" was co-composed with Ryuichi Sakamoto and was the single from his Chasm release. The spoken word "Angels," is a collaboration with Jan Bang and Erik Honore from the album Crime Scenes, while "Thermal," another recitation, features Bang, Arve Henricksen and Eivind Aarset. One of the album's more provocative pieces is "Transit," with Christian Fennesz from the guitarist's Venice release. There are two selections here from Snow Borne Sorrow, by Nine Horses, the collaborative project between Burnt Friedman, Jansen and Sylvian; both pieces are lovely but "The Day The Earth Stood Still," with its saxophones and multiple vibraphones is gorgeous. The title track is an outtake from the Manofon sessions that began as an instrumental handed to Sylvian by Martin Brandlmayr of Polwechsel. Its vocals are scathing, bitter, more extreme than almost anything in Sylvian's catalog. Sleepwalkers is a provocative and compelling listen, full of moods, shapes, colors, spaces, and textures. Sylvian has created aestehtically at least something approaching an entirely new offering from various chapters in his recent musical past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Samadhi Sound Uk
  • EAN: 5099964824024
  • Catalog Number: 20

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sleepwalkers (5:16)
  2. 2 Money for All (4:08)
  3. 3 Ballad of a Deadman (5:30)
  4. 4 Angels (4:00)
  5. 5 World Citizen - I Won't Be Disappointed (6:06)
  6. 6 Five Lines (3:51)
  7. 7 The Day Earth Stole Heaven (3:17)
  8. 8 Playground Martyrs (2:38)
  9. 9 Exit/Delete (3:28)
  10. 10 Pure Genius (4:01)
  11. 11 Wonderful World (5:59)
  12. 12 Transit (4:51)
  13. 13 The World Is Everything (1:43)
  14. 14 Thermal (2:18)
  15. 15 Sugarfuel (4:15)
  16. 16 Trauma (5:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Sylvian Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices, fender rhodes, electronics
Stina Nordenstam Vocals
Eivind Aarset Guitar
Derek Green Background Vocals
Steve Jansen Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Sampling, Sampled Strings
Sachiko M Sampling
Ryuichi Sakamoto Keyboards
Audun Kleive Percussion
Joan Wasser Violin, Vocals
Keith Lowe Bass, Double Bass
Tommy Blaize Background Vocals
Tim Motzer Acoustic Guitar
Theo Travis Flute
Burnt Friedman Synthesizer, Drums, Vocoder
Joseph Suchy Electric Guitar
Erik Honore Synthesizer
Beverlei Brown Background Vocals
Arve Henriksen Trumpet
Wendy Richman Viola
Martin Brandlmayr Drums, Marimbas, Vibes
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Bass
Morten Gronvad Vibes
Hayden Chisholm Clarinet, Saxophone
Andrea Grant Background Vocals
Jan Bang Sampling
Daniel Schroeter Double Bass
Michi Wiancko Violin
Dai Fujikura Conductor
Amadeo Pace Electric Guitar
Thoas Hass Saxophone
Takuma Watanabe Keyboards
Kathinka Kleijn Cello
Jennifer K. Curtis Violin
Technical Credits
Eivind Aarset Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Steve Jansen Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Sample Programming
Ryuichi Sakamoto Composer, Programming, Producer
David Sylvian Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Remixing, Art Direction
Audun Kleive Composer
Chris Vrenna Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Tim Motzer Composer
Jean-Philippe Verdin Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Burnt Friedman Composer, Programming, Producer, Sequencing Programmer
Christian Fennesz Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Clint Walsh Composer
Erik Honore Composer, Producer
Takagi Masakatsu Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Arve Henriksen Composer
Martin Brandlmayr Composer, Producer
Sketch Show Programming
Jan Bang Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dai Fujikura Composer, Strings Orchestrator
Takuma Watanabe Composer, Producer
Kristamas Klousch Cover Art
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