When an artist as prolific as Steven Wilson announces a new record, it is almost difficult to comprehend the sheer level of response that is generated all over the world. Magazines, websites, music institutions and fans alike all gather in anticipation of the meal that is about to be served and wonder just what the artist has left to say, especially after a career like Wilson’s – who is an icon in the prog world and is known for releasing albums that have explored the many corners of the progressive rock map and dabbled in more still from contemporary genres.
So honestly, what does something like this even have left to say? That said, there are few people who, after hearing the announcement of ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)’ actually doubted his ability to not only write and produce another record, but to truly give his fans an immense and incredibly indulging record that will stay in heavy rotation for months – if not years – after the release date. Wilson is yet to release an album that fails to adhere to this rule. So is the make-or-break ‘Raven’ going to be an exception?
Kscope have released a new video which features Steven Wilson’s ghost story ‘The Birthday Party’ in full, with an instrumental version of ‘The Watchmaker’ accompanying the text. The new album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)‘ will be released next Monday, and Steven will be attending signing sessions around the UK before the tour kicks off in Manchester on 1st March. For more information, see Steven’s official website, here.
The official video for Steven Wilson’s ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ can now be viewed on Steven’s official YouTube channel. The video was directed by Jess Cope and Simon Cartwright who also made the excellent video for Storm Corrosion’s “Drag Ropes” last year. If you haven’t already, pre-order Steven’s new album here!
Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by FaceCulture, in which he discussed his new solo album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)‘ which is due out at the end of the month. You can watch all five parts of the interview below. If you are viewing this from the homepage, click on the ‘more’ button below the first video to see the other parts. You can pre-order Steven Wilson’s third solo album here.
It is of little surprise to anyone that when you put two musical virtuosos in a studio they cannot escape from that they will, inevitably, conjure up a masterpiece. But what does that mean for two strikingly different musicians? Jon Durant is well-known for his intricate ‘cloud guitar’ approach to playing, which has become something of a personality in itself – prompting musicians the world over to mimic this style.
None, of course, achieve the same level of balance and harmony as Durant. Coupling the dreamy guitar melodies on the strongly-titled ‘Burnt Belief’ is the rich, groovy and enchanting bass playing of Colin Edwin. Edwin, who has become famous for his key role in the progressive rock giant that is Porcupine Tree, has always allowed his style (which is as unique and sought after as Durant’s ‘cloud guitar’ voice) to permeate the heart of all the tracks of musicians who are, dare I say, crazy enough to allow their music to be subdued and pushed aside to make way for Edwin’s signature style. (more…)