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Video of the Moment #1349: Steven Wilson

 
By on Sunday, 13th October 2013 at 10:00 am
 

The legend that is Porcupine Tree band founder Steven Wilson is gearing up for a show at London Royal Albert Hall on the 20th of October, followed by the release of a new CD/DVD set ‘Drive Home’ on the 28th of October on K-Scope, which will include live tracks recorded on tour in Frankfurt, Germany, and an orchestral version of ‘The Raven That Refused to Sing’, the title track to his most recent album released in February 2013. Here is the intriguing newsprint-based animated promo for the title track. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYewhiaVBk[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1123: Steven Wilson

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

The title track of Steven Wilson‘s forthcoming album ‘The Raven Refused to Sing’ now has a promo video, and it’s animated! Watch it below.

‘The Raven Refused to Sing’ will be out on the 25th of February. A couple of weeks back, we gave away some tickets to his three-date tour in early March (details here); the contest is now closed of course, but you can still get tickets.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8sLcvWG1M4[/youtube]

 

WIN / Tickets to see Steven Wilson in Manchester -OR- London in March

 
By on Thursday, 10th January 2013 at 2:30 pm
 

Legendary Porcupine Tree band founder Steven Wilson has announced three gig dates in early March. He’ll be performing songs from his back catalogue and no doubt will be airing brand new tracks from his new album, ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)’, his third solo to be released on the 25th of February on KScope.

Want to catch Steven and his band on tour? We’ve got tickets to give away – a pair each to his Manchester Academy (1st of March) and London Royal Festival Hall (4th of March) dates, and we’re just itching to hand them over to two lucky TGTF readers. Want to win them? Enter our contest below.

Fill out the form below with your name, your email address (we’ll use this to contact you if you’ve won) and which show you want to win tickets for (Manchester or London). Then answer this question: Who did the artwork for the cover of ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)’? (Hint: you can find this answer in the News section of Steven’s official Web site, as he also designed the UK tour poster.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Friday the 18th of January. We’ll choose two winners from all the correct entries received. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only.

If you fancy buying tickets instead, the dates for this short UK tour are listed below.

Friday 1st March 2013 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 4th March 2013 – London Royal Festival Hall

This contest is now closed and the winners will be contacted by email.

 

Album Review: Steven Wilson – Insurgentes

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 10:45 am
 

Steven Wilson (side)Steven Wilson, the legendary Porcupine Tree main man, has got a new album coming out on March 9th.

Insurgentes is a 99 track album (yes, you read that right, ninety nine tracks) that seems to cover just about every genre going – industrial noise that rapes your ears, ballads, anthems, all of them with the usual cinematic and rich textures Wilson has become renowned for. However, the 99 tracks are grouped together into 10 “groups”, which makes for easier finding to get to the bits you love.

Interestingly, the album combines a lot of old-generation album ideals with some new and cutting edge sounds. Accompnying the CD is a documentary film that looks into the issues of creating, packaging and marketing music in an era when iPods, Mp3’s and download culture are changing and eroding perceptions of exactly what an album is supposed to sound and look like.

My fear is that the current generation of kids who’re being born into this information revolution, growing up with the Internet, cell phones, iPods, this download culture, ‘American Idol,’ reality TV, prescription drugs, PlayStations — all of these things kind of distract people from what’s important about life, which is to develop a sense of curiosity about what’s out there. (Steven Wilson, MTV News)

The collection is one of a magical journey through emotions and feelings, such is the power of the music. The album will be available in 5.1 surround sound, which we can only imagine will be completely overwhelming. Tracks such as “Veneno Para Las Hadas” has an element of Sigur Ros’ haunting vulnerability, whilst “No Twighlight” is just an all out aural assault on your ears. In a sort of good way.

Insurgentes is both everything you’d expect an album to be, and everything we hoped an album would become – a multimedia project of sorts. Closing out the album with the title track, you can’t help but feel the whole thing has been nothing more than an elaborate dream, it’s that hazy.

Either way, check the album out when it comes out on Monday. It’s nothing short of amazing, and will probably open your ears to a whole new range of artists – I know I’ve now got a list of artists as long as my arm that I want to check out after listening to it.

Enjoy the first track of the album below, mixed with a trailer of the film.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krtkPF1OpOU[/youtube]

Insurgentes is released on March 9th on Kscope Records. Buy it from Amazon here, or direct from the record company here. If you still want to find out more, check out the official album website.

 
 
 

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