Dead Bees on a Cake

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Dead Bees on a Cake
David Sylvian-Dead Bees on a Cake-cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 March 1999 – 9 April 1999 (Japan)
RecordedRight Track Studios, New York – Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire – Sound House Studio, Seattle – Atma Sound, Minneapolis – Seedy Underbelly, Minneapolis – Synergy Studio, Napa
GenreArt rock, jazz fusion, world music
Length69:46 (CD)
83:42 (vinyl)
ProducerDavid Sylvian
David Sylvian chronology
Damage: Live
Dead Bees on a Cake
Approaching Silence
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]

Dead Bees on a Cake is the fifth solo album by David Sylvian, released in March 1999. It was his first solo album since 1987's Secrets of the Beehive. The album peaked at no. 31 in the UK Albums Chart at release and contained his last UK Top 40 hit single to date in "I Surrender" (no. 40).[5]

In 2018, the album was released on double vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day. This pressing included four songs originally intended for the album (and previously released as part of Everything and Nothing), and a restructured track order.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD pressing

All tracks written by David Sylvian, except as 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
5."God Man"4:02
6."Alphabet Angel"2:06
7."Krishna Blue"8:08
8."The Shining of Things"3:09
9."Café Europa"6:58
10."Pollen Path"3:25
11."All of My Mother's Names (Summers with Amma)"6:11
13."Praise (Pratah Smarami)" (Shree Maa, Sylvian)4:02
14."Darkest Dreaming" (Sylvian, Djivan Gasparyan)4:01
Total length:69:46

2018 vinyl pressing

All tracks written by David Sylvian, except as noted.

Side A
1."I Surrender"9:24
2."The Scent of Magnolia"5:36
3."Dobro #1" (Sylvian, Bill Frisell)1:30
4."Midnight Sun" (Sylvian, Johnny Moore, Charles Brown, Eddie Williams)4:00
Total length:20:30
Side B
1."Cover Me with Flowers"6:33
2."Krishna Blue"8:08
3."Albuquerque (Dobro #6)" (Sylvian, Bill Frisell)1:21
Total length:15:32
Side C
2."Alphabet Angel"2:06
3."God Man"4:02
4."Café Europa"6:58
5."Aparna and Nimisha (Dobro # 5)" (Sylvian, Bill Frisell)0:56
6."Pollen Path"3:25
Total length:23:34
Side D
1."The Shining of Things"3:09
3."All of My Mother's Names (Summers with Amma)"6:11
4."Praise (Pratah Smarami)" (Shree Maa, Sylvian)4:02
5."Darkest Dreaming" (Sylvian, Djivan Gasparyan)4:01
Total length:24:06



  • David Sylvian – producer, additional engineer, sound mixing
  • Dave Kent – sound engineer and mixing, studio maintenance
  • Jacquie Turner – assistant engineer
  • Matt Curry – assistant engineer
  • Scott Crane – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwigaudio mastering

Art work[edit]

  • David Sylvian – art director
  • Yuka Fujii – art director, artwork co-ordinator
  • Shinya Fujiwara – drawings
  • Anton Corbijn – photography
  • Ingrid Chavez – inlay portrait
  • Russell Mills – design (shed)
  • Michael Webster – design assistance (storm)


  1. ^ Dead Bees on a Cake at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Dead Bees on a Cake". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "NME.COM - David Sylvian - Dead Bees On A Cake - 30 March 1999". 17 August 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "David Sylvian: Dead Bees on a Cake". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. ^ "DAVID SYLVIAN | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (6 March 2018). "David Bowie, Prince and Courtney Barnett among Record Store Day exclusive releases". Retrieved 12 February 2019.