Archive for February, 2012
North Atlantic Oscillation
This month’s featured artist is North Atlantic Oscillation, a post-progressive trio from Edinburgh, Scotland. They are comprised of Sam Healy (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Martin (drums, programming) and Chris Howard (bass, bass synth, backing vocals). Their music has been described as a modern take on progressive and psychedelic rock, with heavy drums and loud guitars mixed with dreamy synths and irregular electronic sound effects. Fans of Porcupine Tree’s lighter progressive albums Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun will most likely find a lot to like about North Atlantic Oscillation.
The band released their debut album Grappling Hooks in 2010, which received massive critical acclaim including being named as Zane Lowe’s Album of the Week on his BBC Radio 1 show. The band are back this year with Fog Electric, their brand new album. It’s due to be released on April 30th on Kscope, and you can hear a montage of the record as well a brand new song ‘Savage With Barometer’ below. The band also are playing a gig in London to celebrate the release of the album, alongside Kscope label mate Mothlite.
Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait even longer for No-Man’s highly anticipated live CD/DVD ‘Love and Endings’. It’s been delayed until March 26th due to manufacturing issues with the vinyl edition, which was limited to 300 copies and sold out within 48 hours. However, Burning Shed have made available to pre-order a ‘Love and Endings’ t-shirt, to coincide with the release of the CD/DVD and Vinyl editions of the album.
Steven Wilson updated his Facebook page about the delay:
Due to manufacturing issues the release/shipping date for No-Man's Love And Endings live CD/DVD/2LP has been delayed until 26th March. Note that pre-orders only will include an extra 4 page booklet of lyrics and song notes by Tim Bowness. There is also a special Love And Endings t-shirt to accompany the release - Steven Wilson
The next episode of StarsDie.com Vinyl Showcase will feature No-Man’s ‘Love and Endings’ 2LP vinyl plus the recent Kscope vinyl re-issue of Porcupine Tree’s ‘The Sky Moves Sideways’. Look for that on the site soon!
Gavin Harrison was recently interviewed on HitChannel.com, and when asked about the possibility of a new Porcupine Tree album, he responded with this:
Do you think a new Porcupine Tree album will happen soon?
I don’t think it will happen soon. I think it would happen..
After Steven’s third solo album?
Possibly, possibly. I think we’ re going to start writing this year. We can’t write an album in like, two weeks. It would be stupid because we are going to promote the album for like two years. We want to make an album that is really good, with really good songs. It might take 3 months, it might take 6 months, it might take 9 months. I don’t know how long one of those things could go. It could go quick, it would go slow, it could be both. I’m sure we will start writing this year. I imagine it probably will be released next year.
Colin Edwin’s second studio album, ‘PVZ’ is out now! It’s available on two different formats – digital download and USB. Colin explained the reasoning behind distributing the album on USB over on his blog. You can buy the album from Burning Shed here. You can see pictures of the USB packaging and listen to the album sampler for ‘PVZ’ below.
"It was my original intention to release "PVZ" as a download only, however, I decided to have a limited edition physical version available for those who, like me, prefer to have something they can touch. The USB key is limited to 300 numbered copies, containing both FLAC and mp3 versions of the album, as well as printable artwork (designed by Carl Glover) for those who might like to create their own CD. The first 100 or so orders of the USB keys will come with 4 bonus tracks in mp3 format" - Colin Edwin
Steven Wilson has announced a set of South American tour dates for his upcoming ‘Grace for Drowning’ 2012 tour.
15th April – Ciec Universidad Metropolitana, Venezula – BUY TICKETS
17th April – Teatro Oriente, Santiago, Chile – BUY TICKETS
19th April – Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina – BUY TICKETS
21st April – Santana Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil – BUY TICKETS
The tour officially starts on April 4th in Seattle and continues throughout North and South America, before returning to Europe at the end of April. Steven Wilson has one tour date in the UK, at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on May 15th. StarsDie.com will be attending, and we’ll be bringing you all sorts of coverage from the event, including videos, podcasts, interviews, photos and more! You’ll have all of that good stuff to look forward to in May.
As announced in a recent interview, Steven will be upping the ‘wow’ factor with these shows – this time there will be multiple screens, a quadrophonic sound system, props and costumes! It’s definitely a very visual show, and that’s exactly what Steven is trying to achieve with these concerts. The band will also be performing a brand new, never before heard Steven Wilson solo track – one that will be released on his third album, due for release in Spring 2013.