Archive for July, 2011
Update 07/08/11 – Steven has responded with the answers to the chosen winning questions, which you can read here!
Update 30/07/11 – Thanks so much to everyone for all your questions! I will now pick the best ones and send them off to Steven!
Steven Wilson has very kindly agreed to participate in a StarsDie.com community Q&A!
StarsDie.com may include your questions with ours if they are good ones. We hope to include a few community questions for Steven.
So, here’s some hints on how to make the perfect question:
- Try to make your question really insightful, so not something like ‘Steven, when are you gonna get your hair cut?’
- You must base the question around either his current projects or something else related.
- Don’t ask something that you can find the answer to on the Internet already.
- Steven is a very busy man so make sure your suggestions provoke his interest.
The better the questions, the better we can expect the answers to be!
The deadline for question submissions is 30th July.
Photo taken by Lasse Hoile
Bryan Reesman recently attended a press day & listening session for SW’s upcoming album ‘Grace for Drowning’ in New York, and he’s posted his impressions and details of his overall experience over on his blog here.
He revealed some key information about the album that we didn’t even know about, until now.
Here are some extracts from his article.
‘Grace For Drowning’ features a bevy of talented musicians: bassists Tony Levin, Nick Beggs and Trey Gunn (also on Warr Guitar), sax, flute and clarinet player Theo Travis, drummer Nic France and keyboardist Jordan Rudess, among others. A London string orchestra and a choir were employed for some tracks and arranged by Dave Stewart.
The music is jazzier and more free-flowing than Insurgentes or anything by Porcupine Tree or Blackfield. Upon hearing the entire album, I thought of influences like Brian Eno, Gong, Univers Zero and King Crimson.
Wilson certainly concurred with the latter two, he loves them both.
So, that confirms that Dream Theater’s keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, appears on the album in some form! I suppose we will figure out what track he’s featured on when the album is released in September.
Wilson’s new album opens innocently enough with the title track, a lush tapestry of gentle piano chords and rich vocal harmonies, before diving into the album’s denser sonic realm where dissonance and melodic beauty juxtapose one another and occasionally grapple for dominance, as on “Sectarian” and “Track One,” the latter tune reminiscent of “Abandoner” and “Salvaging” from Insurgentes.
“Deform To Form A Star” is a pretty ballad with a Seventies rock flavour, while “Raider Prelude” sounds like fantasy soundtrack music. Meanwhile the mammoth, 23-minute piece “Raider II” moves everywhere between acoustic beauty and demonic incantations. The 5.1 surround capabilities get used in creative ways throughout Grace For Drowning, such as when “machine gun” bursts of electronic drums dance between the speakers during the brooding “Index” (which was inspired by the John Fowles novel The Collector) or the psychedelic flitterings of flute swirl through the mix of “Remainder The Black Dog”.
Bryan also took some photos while at the event, which you can see in the gallery below!
Two of the photos show stills from Lasse Hoile’s video for ‘Index’ which apparently features Steven in several scenes with mannequins. Bryan described the video on his blog as being strongly influenced by David Lynch. Steven Wilson has said on numerous occasions that he would love to work with David Lynch, preferably to write the soundtrack to one of his films.
The new episode of Kscope’s podcast has just been posted online! Episode 18 has been titled ‘The Fan’s Summer Selection’, and for good reason. Steven Wilson’s new epic ‘Remainder the Black Dog’ opens the podcast in phenomenal style, and if you keep listening, you will hear other Kscope marvels, including Anathema’s new acoustic/orchestral arrangement of their track ‘Kingdom’. There are also some suggestions for older material, which comes in the form of Porcupine Tree, Lunatic Soul and The Pineapple Thief.
Here’s the description from the website regarding this episode, by Billy Reeves:
Welcome to Kscope, the Post-Progressive Podcast. Billy Reeves here.
Exciting news within: a fantasmagorical piece from the brand new Steven Wilson album, a haunting, skeletal melody from the brand new Anathema album, and a Kscope-hosted event at the gorgeous Union Chapel in north London on September 30th. I’m going!
Plus, thanks for getting in touch on the social networks; some Kscope classics suggested by you from Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief and Lunatic Soul are spun along the way.
- Steven Wilson – Remainder the Black Dog (taken from Grace for Drowning)
- Lunatic Soul – Summerland (taken from Lunatic Soul) suggested by Edwin Faroe
- Porcupine Tree – How is Your Life Today? (taken from Lightbulb Sun) suggested by Mark Derricutt
- Anathema – Kingdom (taken from Falling Deeper)
- The Pineapple Thief – So We Row (taken from Someone Here is Missing) suggested by Mark Hayward
If you decide to buy the deluxe edition of ‘Grace for Drowning’, you will receive a bonus CD, along with the standard 2CD album, blu-ray and hard back book.
SW’s official website has just been updated with the tracklist for this bonus disc.
It seems that ‘Home in Negative’ will be featured on this bonus CD, which you can already listen to online, thanks to Steven Wilson’s SoundCloud page.
Yes, you heard that right, Kscope & Burning Shed are now taking pre-orders for Steven Wilson’s heavily anticipated second studio album, ‘Grace for Drowning’!
I’ve detailed the different editions below.
Here’s the description from Burning Shed detailing the Grace for Drowning Deluxe Edition:
The deluxe edition features 3 CDs, a Blu-Ray version of the album and a 120-page book. In addition to the album on 2CDs, a third CD features out-takes and demo material.
The blu-ray disc contains the album in 5.1 surround sound with accompanying video content.
The video content, created by long-term collaborator Lasse Hoile, includes music videos featuring Wilson, photo galleries, hand written notes and lyrics. All 4 discs will be packaged in a hard back book which features 120 pages of artwork and notes.
Pre-order the deluxe edition here.
Standard CD Edition
The limited edition digibook version of Grace For Drowing features both ‘albums’ over 2 discs and comes with a 28 page booklet.
Pre-order the standard CD edition here.
Double Vinyl Edition
The limited vinyl edition features both ‘albums’ on heavyweight (180gm) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. It also comes with a drop card containing a code to download a digital version of the album.
Pre-order the double vinyl edition here.