Dead Bees on a Cake


Dead Bees on a Cake
Dead Bees on a Cake
Studio album by David Sylvian
Released March 29, 1999 - April 9, 1999 (Japan)
Recorded Right Track Studios, New York - Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire - Sound House Studio, Seattle - Atma Sound, Minneapolis - Seedy Underbelly, Minneapolis - Synergy Studio, Napa
Genre Alternative rock, jazz
Label Virgin
Producer David Sylvian
David Sylvian chronology
Damage: Live
(1994)
Dead Bees on a Cake
(1999)
Approaching Silence
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10) link

Dead Bees on a Cake is the fifth solo album by David Sylvian, released in March 1999.

Track listing

All songs written by Sylvian, except where noted.

  1. "I Surrender" – 9:24
  2. "Dobro #1" (Sylvian/Bill Frisell) – 1:30
  3. "Midnight Sun" (Sylvian/Johnny Moore/Charles Brown/Eddie Williams) – 4:00
  4. "Thalheim" – 6:07
  5. "Godman" – 4:02
  6. "Alphabet Angel" – 2:06
  7. "Krishna Blue" – 8:08
  8. "The Shining of Things" – 3:09
  9. "Cafe Europa" – 6:58
  10. "Pollen Path" – 3:25
  11. "All of My Mother's Names" – 6:11
  12. "Wanderlust" – 6:43
  13. "Praise" (Shree Maa/Sylvian)– 4:02
  14. "Darkest Dreaming" (Sylvian/Djivan Gasparyan)– 4:01

Personnel

  • David Sylvian – vocals, guitar (all tracks except 2, 6, 8), keyboards (all tracks except 8, 13), bass (5), drums programming (4, 5, 7, 9), samples (1, 3, 10, 14), string arrangements (1, 8)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Fender Rhodes piano (1, 6, 11), loops, samples, string arrangements (1, 8), brass arrangements (3), guitar loops (7), bansuri (7), orchestration (1, 8), noises (insects) (10)
  • Steve Jansen – cymbals (1), percussion (1, 7, 9), loops
  • Shree Maa – vocals (13)
  • Ingrid Chavez – vocals (7, 9)
  • Marc Ribot – acoustic (5, 10), electric guitar (1, 3, 11), slide guitars (10)
  • Bill Frisell – acoustic guitar (7), dobro (2, 7)
  • Lawrence Feldman – flute (1)
  • Deepak Ram – Bansuri (7)
  • Kenny Wheelerflugelhorn (1, 4)
  • Tommy Barbarella – Fender Rhodes piano (4, 12)
  • Chris Minh Doky – double bass (11)
  • John Giblin – bass (4, 12)
  • Ged Lynch – drums (4, 10, 12)
  • Scooter Warner – drums (5, 11)
  • Talvin Singhtabla (7, 11), percussion (11)
  • Steve Tibbetts – gong (7)

Production

  • Yuka Fujii - art director, artwork co-ordinator
  • David Sylvian – producer, engineer (additional engineering), sound mixing, art director
  • Shinya Fujiwara - drawings
  • Anton Corbijn - photography
  • Ingrid Chavez - inlay portrait
  • Russell Mills - design (shed)
  • Michael Webster - design assistance (storm)
  • Dave Kent – sound engineer, studio maintenance
  • Jacquie Turner – assistant engineer
  • Matt Curry – assistant engineer
  • Scott Crane – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwigaudio mastering

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