Blackfield have released a new song titled ‘Pills’ through a recent Kscope compilation CD that was included in some copies of Steven Wilson’s latest album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)‘. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album which is scheduled to be released in May.
Steven Wilson has taken a far more passive role with this record than on the last, although he still has contributed mixing, vocals and guitars. Aviv Geffen is now the sole curator behind Blackfield, a process that began back when the band were working on ‘Welcome To My DNA‘. Let us know what you think of the new song in the comments below! As always, as soon as the album is available to pre-order, we’ll be the first to let you know.
Blackfield has, ostensibly, been about the writing partnership of Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen since the project first came to fruition in 2004. The results of that first collaboration, Blackfield I, established the more straightforward pop aesthetic of the group, and successful singles like “Blackfield” and “Hello” revealed SW’s primary intent with the project was to excise some of his musical ideas considered too poppy or otherwise unfit for use in Porcupine Tree. Three years later, Blackfield II presented another 10 songs following much of the same aesthetic, reinforcing the pair’s aptitude for succinct, catchy rock music. Are these two albums really so similar, however? The aim of this new article series is to examine two albums and see where such comparisons and contrasts exist.
In a recent interview with Innerviews.org, Steven Wilson was asked to explain in more detail about the current status of his collaboration project with Aviv Geffen, Blackfield. Steven also confirms in this extract Aviv’s intentions to take the new record on tour after it’s release without Steven joining the band at the shows. Several of the songs on the new album will feature guest singers, so it’ll be interesting to see how Aviv will successfully pull off a tour in support of the new album. You can read the full interview with Steven Wilson on Innerviews.org here.You recently announced that you’re phasing out of Blackfield. Tell me about that decision.
That decision is the exception that proves the rule, because No-Man and Porcupine Tree are things I’m sure I will always come back to. Blackfield felt like something I wanted to step out of for a couple of reasons. Number one, Aviv Geffen is incredibly ambitious for the project and he has every right to be. But in order to do what he wants to do with Blackfield requires full-time commitment. For example, he wanted to make another record right now, which he’s doing. And he wants to go back out on tour. I said “There’s no way. I want to do my solo tour and get back with Porcupine Tree. Maybe in two or three years I can do that.” He said “Well no, that’s not fair.” And he’s quite right. I said “The best thing to do is I’ll help you make the record, but you need to put something in place so Blackfield can continue as a full-time concern without me holding you back.” I had to talk him into it. I believe it’s in his best interest. I certainly didn’t want to be in a position in which I felt guilty for holding him up. So, this was a conscious decision to step out of something in order to give Blackfield more of a chance of longevity and success – SW
Aviv Geffen has revealed on his Twitter that he and Steven Wilson are working with Vincent Cavanagh from Anathema on a brand new Blackfield song. This is very exciting news – Steven mentioned in a Facebook post a while back about the possibility of the new album featuring guest performers. Aviv also confirmed via Blackfield’s official Twitter that Steven will indeed sing vocals on the record, alongside playing an instrument (it wasn’t specified which one). Blackfield’s fourth album is set to be released in May. Vincent’s band Anathema today announced a brand new album, titled ‘Weather Systems’ which will be released on Kscope in April. Read more about that on ShadowsDance.com, StarsDie.com’s sister website dedicated to Anathema.
Here’s some great news. Aviv Geffen has confirmed over Facebook and Twitter that he and Steven will enter the studio tomorrow to start recording the next Blackfield record. Aviv also promised that more details about the forthcoming record will come soon. We still don’t have a complete clarification on what exactly Steven’s involvement will be, but I suppose we will learn that very soon. Watch this space!