Archive for July, 2012
Colin Edwin has updated his Soundcloud page with a whole host of songs, that you can stream and listen to for free. Some of the tracks are from his first solo album ‘Third Vessel’ and others from various Ex-Wise Heads albums. We’ve included ‘Two Worlds’ and ‘Winter of Discontent’ below, but head to Colin’s Soundcloud page here for the rest.
Listeners familiar with Gavin Harrison via Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, and various other acts recognize his style of rhythmic mastery on the drum kit every time. Even here, in his second venture with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ø5ric — titled, as if in an alternate view of a classic David Bowie number, The Man Who Sold Himself — Harrison’s unique approach to drumming is obvious, and in this context, it leads to equally unique sonic circumstances.
Opening with bizarre blasts of strange time signatures wherein Harrison’s drums are matched with churning basslines in a flurry reminiscent of Meshuggah, “Prize” begins the record dynamically when it soon drops into a quiet section with piano and vocals. We are introduced to Ø5ric in this blissful context, perhaps similar to No-Man from its melancholic nature and Ø5ric’s voice, which seems to combine the aforementioned Bowie with No-Man’s Tim Bowness. The result is an odd-in-an-interesting-way blend of Harrison’s bizarre, angular trickery and Ø5ric’s shimmering vibrato and multi-layered harmonies.
Just a small reminder about the upcoming No-Man tour this autumn – Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson will be touring the UK, Germany, Poland and Holland on a short five date tour. Head to our tour article here for ticket links for individual shows – but be quick, I’ve heard that these shows are selling out fast! No-Man are promoting ‘Love and Endings‘ on this tour, a live album recorded at the Burning Shed 10th Anniversary Concert in October last year.
Steven Wilson has updated his Facebook page with more details regarding his third solo album, and follow up to 2011′s critically acclaimed ‘Grace for Drowning’. He intends to take both the concept and the packaging to the next level with the album, which is due to be released early next year. Recording for the album will take place in Los Angeles this summer, and Lasse Hoile will be present to record in studio footage, which will be uploaded to Steven’s newly launched YouTube channel. Another interesting thing to note is legendary sound engineer Alan Parsons will be overseeing the recording.
Hi folks – an update of sorts…. The writing for the next SW album is almost finished, and this time I’ve written it all for my live band to play, mostly pretty long pieces (including the piece we previewed on the recent tour “Luminol”). We will start recording in LA in September with Alan Parsons overseeing things. Alan, as I’m sure many of you know, was the engineer on Dark Side of the Moon, one of the best sounding records ever.
The new album should be out in early 2013, and conceptually and visually we are planning to take things to the next level with the packaging and live show too. Lasse is also going to be there to film so we plan to bring you some in the studio footage on the official SW YouTube channel.
As promised by Steven on Twitter on Tuesday, here is the first preview video from the upcoming ‘Get All You Deserve’ DVD/Blu-ray, set to be released by Kscope on 25th September. Lasse Hoile, who directed both of Porcupine Tree’s ‘Arriving Somewhere…’ and ‘Anesthetize’ concert films, returns here as editor and director.
This stunning performance of ‘Harmony Korine‘ was filmed at the Teatro Metropolitan in Mexico City on 13th April, as part of the Grace for Drowning tour earlier this year. Steven Wilson has launched a brand new YouTube channel along with this video, so subscribe to the channel to be notified of future videos. Burning Shed also have pre-orders up right now for the special edition DVD/Blu-ray/2CD.