After several album-less years, a release date has finally been set for David Sylvian's new album, Manafon. Fans can mark September 15 down on their calendars, as that's the date that the former Japan singer's SamadhiSound imprint will release the disc.
The album, which is Sylvian's first since 2003's Blemish, is a "completely modern kind of chamber music," according to a press release, which goes on to say: "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 vocal performances, which, minus one instrumental, are nakedly the center of each piece."
The disc has no percussion and "all the melody and rhythm rest in the voice," we're told. In regards to the songs' themes, Sylvian added in the press release that maybe he is "attracted to the stories of individuals who search for meaning on their own terms. 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."
According to Sylvian's website, the album will be released in a regular CD/digipak edition and also in a twin volume deluxe edition with the CD and a DVD featuring the film Amplified Gesture. More details on this deluxe edition, as well as a new website, will be up soon.