Daniel O'Sullivan (musician)

Daniel O'Sullivan (born 1 December 1980) is an English artist of Irish ancestry, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Manchester, England, best known for playing in experimental art-rock bands Grumbling Fur, Guapo, Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses, Ulver, Sunn O))), Æthenor, Laniakea, Miracle, Mothlite, and This Is Not This Heat. He's also released solo work under his own name.

Daniel O'Sullivan
Live, 2010
Live, 2010
Background information
Born (1980-12-01) 1 December 1980 (age 41)
GenresExperimental rock, art rock, progressive rock, electronic, avant-garde, ambient, synthpop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, keyboards, programming, guitar, electric bass, violin
Years active1990s-present
LabelsIpecac Recordings, Cuneiform, Thrill Jockey, Kscope, Neurot Recordings, Web of Mimicry, VHF, House Anxiety Records, O Genesis

O'Sullivan is recognised for exploring a wide range of styles, including neo-classical composition, progressive/psychedelic rock, free-form improvisation, cosmic jazz, minimalist drone, ethereal synth-pop and outer-limits folk music.


O'Sullivan has collaborated with a number of artists including Stephen O'Malley (also a member of Æthenor), Alexander Tucker, Kristoffer Rygg[1] (Ulver), Jarboe[2] and David Tibet.[3][4]

He has been a live member of Sunn O))) and joined cult Norwegian band Ulver in 2010, as announced by the band on the official Ulver website, "Lastly we would like to welcome Daniel O'Sullivan into the pack. We all know that God exists as three persons, but now is the dawn of the triangular pyramid."[5] O'Sullivan has been performing live with Ulver since the band's first performance in fifteen years at the Norwegian Festival of Literature 2009 in Lillehammer.[6]

In 2011, O'Sullivan released an EP with his new band Miracle, a synth-pop duo also featuring Steve Moore from Zombi.[7] Their debut full-length album, Mercury, was released in October 2013. Their second album The Strife of Love in a Dream will be released in February 2018.[8]

Another new project, this time with regular collaborator Alexander Tucker, has emerged with the name Grumbling Fur. The debut album Furrier also features Jussi Lehtisalo from Finnish bands Circle and Pharaoh Overlord and David Smith from Guapo. Following the session EP Alice, the duo released their second album Glynnaestra on the Chicago-based label Thrill Jockey. It was ranked No. 1 album of 2013 by The Quietus and featured in the Top 50 of several magazines including Wire and Fact. Grumbling Fur released their third album, Preternaturals, on The Quietus's Phonographic Corporation imprint in August 2014. Their fourth album, Furfour, was released in 2016 on Thrill Jockey.[9] Under the name Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra, the duo has also released two collaborative recordings with Charlemagne Palestine in 2015 and 2017, both being limited vinyl editions.[10]

O'Sullivan released a solo album titled VELD in June 2017 on O Genesis Recordings. It was written and recorded between 2010 and 2016.[11]



Miasma & The Carousel of Headless HorsesEdit


  • 2006 Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light CD/LP (VHF Records)
  • 2008 Betimes Black Cloudmasses CD/LP (VHF Records)
  • 2009 Faking Gold & Murder CD/LP (VHF Records)
  • 2011 En Form for Blå CD/2xLP (VHF Records)



Sunn O))) & UlverEdit


  • 2011 Fluid Window CDEP/12" (House Anxiety Records)
  • 2011 The Visitors 2x12"EP (House Anxiety Records)
  • 2012 Good Love/Veteran of the Psychic Wars 7" (House Anxiety Records)
  • 2013 Mercury (Planet Mu)
  • 2018 The Strife of Love in a Dream (Relapse Records)

Grumbling FurEdit

  • 2011 Furrier CD/LP (Aurora Borealis)
  • 2012 Alice CDEP/LP (Southern Records/Latitudes)
  • 2013 Glynnaestra CD/LP (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2014 Preternaturals CD/LP (Phonographic Corporation)
  • 2016 Furfour CD/LP (Thrill Jockey)

Charlemagne Palestine and Grumbling Fur Time Machine OrchestraEdit

  • 2015 Ggrrreeebbbaaammmnnnuuuccckkkaaaiiioooww!!! LP (Important Records)
  • 2017 Omminggg and Schlomminggg LP (Important Records)

Daniel O'Sullivan and Serena KordaEdit

  • 2011 Laid to Rest: The Brick Keepers LP (UP Projects/Wellcome Collection)
  • 2012 W.A.M.A: The Work as Movement Archive CD (Field Art Projects)

Daniel O'SullivanEdit

  • 2017 VELD (O Genesis)
  • 2018 The Physic Garden (KPM 2059)
  • 2019 Folly (O Genesis)

Guest appearancesEdit

The Big PinkEdit

Alexander TuckerEdit

  • 2011 Dorwytch CD/LP (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2012 Third Mouth CD/LP (Thrill Jockey)

Chrome HoofEdit

The Stargazer's AssistantEdit

  • 2007 The Other Side of the Island CD (Aurora Borealis)



  1. ^ [1] Archived 14 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Jarboe's Profile". Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Durtro News: 19 November 2007". Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Cafe Oto - Daniel O'Sullivan 'VELD' album launch". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ "ULVER OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE". Jester-records.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  6. ^ "ULVER OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE". Jester-records.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Radar Band of the Week - No.47 - Miracle - NME.COM". NME. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Steve Moore, Daniel O'Sullivan Reveal Latest Miracle Video, "Light Mind"". Self-Titled Magazine. 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ Chal Ravens (20 June 2016). "Grumbling Fur return with Furfour on Thrill Jockey – hear 'Acid Ali Khan'". Fact.
  10. ^ Christian Eede (17 March 2015). "LISTEN: New Grumbling Fur And Charlemagne Palestine". The Quietus.
  11. ^ Christian Eede (28 March 2017). "New Daniel O'Suliivan - One half of Grumbling Fur unveils new solo album". The Quietus.

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