Porcupine Tree live guitarist/vocalist John Wesley will release a new studio album called ‘Disconnect’ on 31st March. The self-titled lead track’s accompanying video – directed by fashion/music photographer Blake Cortes can be seen below! When asked about the concept of the video for ‘Disconnect’, John had this to say…
“The concept was to touch upon a sci-fi story I read years ago about a man who was “overdrawn” at the Memory Bank, a place you could go to when you had to “disconnect” from a painful memory, but at the risk of losing your mind…”
John has also revealed that the Rush’s Alex Lifeson appears on the track ‘Once A Warrior’, featured on the new album. Alex Lifeson also contributed a guitar solo to Porcupine Tree’s ‘Anesthetize’ back in 2007.
‘Disconnect’ the new studio album by John Wesley will be released on 31st March via InsideOut Music. You can pre-order the album from Burning Shed, here.
Tim Bowness, one half of no-man, has announced that he’ll soon be releasing his first solo effort in 10 years. Mixed by Steven Wilson, ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ features 8 songs (including seven Tim had earmarked for a new no-man album) and features performances by Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, Pat Mastelotto, Anna Phoebe and members of the no-man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Pete Morgan and Andrew Booker).
Classical composer Andrew Keeling, known for his orchestrations of Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes, provided string arrangements on four tracks.
More details including the contents, artwork and release date of ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ will follow soon. Tim’s first studio album ‘My Hotel Year’ was released in 2004 and is available to buy on Burning Shed, here.
Despite the London Underground strike and travel chaos going on in the capital that night, hundreds of passionate Blackfield fans packed into Koko in Camden on 5th February for a simply terrific night of music. Miles Skarin from Crystal Spotlight was there to capture the event and below you can see his collection of photos.
Blackfield are currently touring Europe with shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland later this week. Tickets are available here.
Blackfield’s last tour with Steven Wilson will begin this Wednesday at Koko in Camden, London. Steven Wilson recently announced his intention to depart from the band due to increasing activities with his solo work and other new projects.
This tour will comprise of material mostly taken from the first two Blackfield records, as both Steven and Aviv contributed to the songwriting. On the band’s most recent records ‘Welcome To My DNA’ and ‘IV’, Aviv Geffen has been the sole songwriter, with Steven Wilson taking a more passive role. On ‘IV’ Steven’s appearances were mainly as a guest vocalist, for example on the song ‘Jupiter‘.
Below are some photos taken from the band’s show in Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday. More information about the European shows and links to buy tickets can be found here.
Colin Edwin’s ‘Twinscapes’ collaboration with Lorenzo Feliciati due in February, Endless Tapes live gigs0
Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin has outlined release plans for Twinscapes, his new collaboration album with Lorenzo Feliciati. The album is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed on CD and Vinyl.
“The Twinscapes album, a joint effort between myself and Italian bassist and composer Lorenzo Feliciati is something I’ve been working on throughout this year, and I am pleased to say it’s now finally mixed, mastered and at the manufacturing stage. The release date is set for mid February 2014 through Rarenoise on CD, Vinyl and various digital formats. It’s been a really inspiring, continually surprising and also enjoyable process working on the album, not least because the two bass format has certainly made me re-evaluate and re-think some aspects of my own approach to playing, and also enabled me to explore some of the sonic possibilities of processing the bass with various effects that I usually can’t find a context for.” – Colin Edwin
Colin is also going to be playing three Endless Tapes shows in Italy next month with Alessandro Pedretti. The duo will be performing material from their forthcoming full length album, which will be released towards the end of this year. To keep up to date with Colin and his activities, check out his blog here.