Plight & Premonition

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Plight & Premonition
Sylvian & Czukay - Plight and Premonition.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 March 1988
Recorded1986–1987, Can Studio, Cologne
GenreAvant-garde, ambient
ProducerDavid Sylvian, Holger Czukay
David Sylvian chronology
Secrets of the Beehive
Plight & Premonition
Flux + Mutability
Holger Czukay chronology
Rome Remains Rome
Plight & Premonition
Flux + Mutability
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Plight & Premonition is the first of two collaborative albums by English musician David Sylvian and German musician Holger Czukay. It was released in March 1988. Czukay had come to prominence in the 1960s with the experimental rock group Can, while Sylvian was the former the frontman of the UK new wave group Japan before embarking on a solo career.

The music on Plight is ambient, making extensive use of 'found sounds' from a variety of non-traditional sources. It consists of two instrumental tracks, both of which are over 15 minutes long. The album peaked at no.71 in the UK albums chart.[2]

The tracks were later remixed by Sylvian and issued on a limited bonus disc with his 2002 compilation album Camphor. These remixes were used for a 2018 re-release by Grönland Records of a double album set combining this album and Flux + Mutability, their subsequent 1989 release.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Plight (The Spiralling of Winter Ghosts)" – 18:30
  2. "Premonition (Giant Empty Iron Vessel)" – 16:21


Album produced by David Sylvian and Holger Czukay.

  • Yuka Fujii – design, photography (assisted by Icon, London)
  • Mekon – artwork


  1. ^ Plight & Premonition at AllMusic
  2. ^ David Sylvian the official charts
  3. ^ "Grönland Records Announce Reissue Of Seminal Ambient Records by David Sylvian & Holger Czukay". Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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