Free shipping starts on orders over $99 $76 to most locations in Canada! More info...

David Sylvian - Blemish (Test Pressing)

Regular price $ 50.95


Blemish is a solo album by British singer-songwriter David Sylvian, released in 2003. Following Sylvian's acquittal from Virgin Records, he built a home studio, Samadhi Sound Studio, and recorded Blemish in early 2003. The album was inspired by, and documents, the disintegration of Sylvian's relationship with his wife, Ingrid Chavez, marking a turning point in Sylvian's lyrics as they became more personal and open and less oblique. Wanting to find a new musical vocabulary for himself, he recorded the album in a relatively quick, six-week duration, improvising the eight songs on the album as he went. It features guest appearances from free improvisation guitarist Derek Bailey and electronic musician Fennesz. The album is experimental in its use of electronics and sound and marks a stark departure in Sylvian's musical career, moving in an ambient direction and featuring fewer occurrences of melody. Sylvian felt the album functioned as catharsis, and that recording the album helped him work through difficult emotions. Blemish was originally released via the internet only, but when the album caught the attention of distributors, Sylvian set up Samadhi Sound records who released the album commercially in mid-2003. Despite alienating several fans, Blemish was a critical success, with praise given to its dark, personal tone. Sylvian toured in promotion of the album in the autumn of 2003, while a remix album entitled The Good Son vs. The Only Daughter, containing remixes of each of the songs from Blemish remixed by international producers, was released in February 2005.

Release Info

Artist: David Sylvian
Label: Music On Vinyl
Format: LP, Test Pressing
Country: Europe
Label: Music On Vinyl
Released: 2021-11-10
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Abstract, Experimental


A1 Blemish
A2 The Good Son
A3 The Only Daughter
A4 The Heart Knows Better
B1 She Is Not
B2 Late Night Shopping
B3 How Little We Need To Be Happy
B4 A Fire In The Forest

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
Close (esc)

Join the herd

Subscribe to our newsletter and get 10% off your first purchase.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop now