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Grönland reissue David Sylvian & Holger Czukay’s 1980s collaborations

Plight & Premonition (1988) and Flux & Mutability (1989) come back into circulation on 22 June

Grönland Records has announced its plans to reissue two records by David Sylvian and Holger Czukay. The pair met in the early 1980s when Czukay worked on Sylvian’s solo debut Brilliant Trees. They reconvened in 1986 when Sylvian reciprocated by recording a vocal for Czukay's Rome Remains Rome album. However, an impromptu jam led to two further sessions and the recording of their first collaborative album Plight & Premonition.

Commenting about that album and its successor Flux & Mutability, Sylvian said, “A form of music that seemed to have been created while we were absent by instruments abandoned to the earth and the woods, sounded by the coarse winter elements.”

Both records have been fully remastered, with packaging redesigned by Chris Bigg and art direction by Sylvian, plus a previously unseen photo by Yuka Fujii and an essay by David Toop. Note however, that this new version of Plight & Premonition is not the original mix but one done by Sylvian in 2002. They'll be released as double LP and double CD box sets on 22 June.

Next month will also see the publication of All Gates Open: The Story Of Can, by The Wire’s Rob Young and Czukay’s Can colleague Irmin Schmidt. Listen to “Plight (The Spiralling Of Winter Ghosts)” below.