David Sylvian ‎– Manafon

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Tracklist

Small Metal Gods 5:49
The Rabbit Skinner 4:42
Random Acts Of Senseless Violence 7:06
The Greatest Living Englishman 10:55
125 Spheres 0:29
Snow White In Appalachia 6:36
Emily Dickinson 6:25
The Department Of Dead Letters 2:26
Manafon 5:23

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
sound cd ss016 David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album, Dig) Samadhisound sound cd ss016 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
sound-dl-ss016 David Sylvian Manafon(9xFile, Album, AAC) Samadhisound sound-dl-ss016 UK & Europe 2009
sound cd ss016 dx David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album + DVD-A, NTSC, Album + Box + , Ltd) Samadhisound sound cd ss016 dx UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
PVCP-8616 David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album, Enh, Dig) P-Vine Records, Samadhisound PVCP-8616 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
PVCP-8616 David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album, Enh, Promo, Dig) P-Vine Records, Samadhisound PVCP-8616 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
sound cd ss016 David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album, RP, Dig) Samadhisound sound cd ss016 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
PVCP-8616 David Sylvian Manafon(CDr, Album, Promo) P-Vine Records PVCP-8616 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
sound-lp 002 David Sylvian Manafon(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Samadhisound sound-lp 002 UK & US 2010 Sell This Version
sound cd ss016 David Sylvian Manafon(CD, Album, Unofficial, Jew) samadhisound (2) sound cd ss016 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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PatronSaintofScratch

PatronSaintofScratch

July 9, 2017
referencing Manafon, CD, Album, Dig, sound cd ss016
What attracted me to David's sound was his craftsmanship of melody and poetry.
Blemish and Manafon present only a skeloton of those years.
Manafon is a fearful bloodless monotony.
Art for art's sake.

I just thought the Nine Horses outing had rid him of the pretensions of Blemish. It didn't.
If you like Eno, Zorn, Kottke and Cage, that's fine. Manafon is for you.
But musical references to the avant-garde is not what attracted me to David's sound so many years ago... [Repeat paragraph 1]
cebzer76

cebzer76

October 24, 2016
referencing Manafon, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, sound-lp 002

This album is for the experienced listener. Even then it is a tough experience. Fleshed out in a more "accessible" fashion than Blemish, it still is a strange unique listen. In a way he is drifting further into the forest of his mind. With the incredible lineup of musicians on the album you may expect a large scope of sound. Yet the "music" on the album is subtle and almost background noise creaking and occasionally "popping" out behind Sylvians viciously upfront voice. The songs are personal and unforgiving making the album feel stark. But, beauty is a thing that Sylvian understands well and it gleams through in his lyrics and composition. I'm personally still waiting for another Nine Horses...
dpfrag

dpfrag

May 23, 2016
referencing Manafon, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, sound-lp 002
How is the pressing quality on this? Hope it gets a reissue one day.
mikaelvasara2

mikaelvasara2

May 6, 2016
referencing Manafon, CD, Album, Dig, sound cd ss016
jag har lyssnat på david sedan han blev solo artist .Hans tidigare japan har jag lyssnat in då och då .David är för mig en person som skriver med hjärtat och det är i princip alltid bra låtar . JAg har ingen favorit cd alla låtar har en själ david röst är en ohörd förmåga att alltid hitta sitt uttryck. Cd manafon remixade jag på skoj jag fick till en del grejor .Nå david blit aldrig dålig han är den nu mera den bäst begåvade låt skriivaren tack från sverige ni får ta gogel translat om ni vill veta vad jag skriver .
joeljustice

joeljustice

December 9, 2014
referencing Manafon, CD, Album, Dig, sound cd ss016
Manafon is a brave record. If you are familiar with the work of Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe and AMM, Christian Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, John Cage and Electro-Acoustic Improvisational music in general, then you have an idea what to expect. The fact that Sylvian was able to merge that type of music with beautiful melodic and lyrical expression is stunning, and this record has some profound and very personal moments of revelation. DS stated clearly that he challenged himself with this record and that his audience would be challenged with him. Clearly, folks expecting more of the same will be disappointed - Sylvian is searching and exploring - a restless artist creating modern music, music which takes time to understand and often takes time for the rest of the world to appreciate. Debussy was called "garbage music" in his day, which seems amazing now - but anything truly at-the-edge suffers this judgement frequently. Time will show this to be a masterpiece of artistic expression. Stand outs on this record include "Small Metal Gods" and "Emily Dickinson."
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

July 9, 2011
referencing Manafon, CD, Album, Dig, sound cd ss016
If the Gone to Earth/Secrets of the beehive is the highest point of David Sylvian, then Manafon and Died in the wool is the lowest. For me, Blemish was a real disappontment but this material is a real garbage. I'm sorry, I can't use any better words for it. Reading rewievs about this album makes me think that everyone's gone mad when praising it as a masterpiece while I find it simply un-listenable.... Do we are really so different? This one is not for the soul.