David Sylvian follows his masterful Manafon album with a new collection, this time compiling recent collaborative recordings for a single, generously proportioned volume. Featuring reworkings of previously released material, outtakes and a new piece, Sleepwalkers represents a cross-section of this singular artist's (often surprisingly) varied output.
Work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fennesz, Joan Wasser, Steve Jansen, Takagi Masakatsu, Stina Nordenstam & Nine Horses is included as is the excellent Blemish bonus track 'Trauma', which was included on the Japanese and vinyl editions of that album. Relatively well-known recordings such as 'Wonderful World' and 'World Citizen' sound great in the versions presented here, as does 'Sleepwalkers' (with Martin Brandlmayr, Toshimaru Nakamura and Sachiko M), but perhaps the most exciting entry is 'Five Lines', a collaboration with contemporary classical composer Dai Fujikura that proves to be a boldly experimental marriage of Sylvian's unmistakeable vocal and Fujikura's adventurous string orchestration.
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