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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.
Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone India, and we’ve posted the highlights from the interview below – you can read the full extensive interview (in English) over on Rolling Stone India’s website, here. Most importantly, Steven mentions that he is trying to get his solo tour to India next year, which means that there will possibly be further solo touring after the release of Steven’s third currently untitled solo album next year.
At your recent show in London, you played an unreleased song, “Luminol,” from your upcoming album. It was an up tempo track that was quite different from a lot of your recent output with Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion and your solo band.
Yes, I know what you mean. Grace for Drowning was very dark and introspective, The Incident as well. Of course, Storm Corrosion is the antithesis of an upbeat record! I love going into sound textures, but I think one of the things that came out of playing with the band live is the incredible energy and joy, particularly playing with Marco [Minnemann] and Nick [Beggs]. I feel like I want the next album to be a bit of a reaction to Grace for Drowning. I always want every record to be distinctly different and I had the idea that I wanted the new record to be a little more in-your-face.
The other part of what you’re talking about is the move away from metal. After Fear of a Blank Planet, the metal thing for me was played out. The Incident began to move a little bit away from metal. Storm Corrosion completely rejects the notion of metal and even rock. Grace for Drowning also rejected the whole metal thing which I had been so sated with from about 2002 to 2007. There is a search for me now, creatively, to find ways to be upbeat and in-your-face without having to rely on metal and “Luminol” was the first attempt at that.
Speaking of India, three years on, what do you remember of your visit?
Can’t wait to go back! That’s the summary of the experience. I loved it. We were only there for two days and it was too brief. I absolutely loved it. Crazy, crazy place and I love crazy places. A lot of passion for music which, to be honest, you don’t get in England these days. Great to see young people that are so passionate about rock music. The women were beautiful, the weather was wonderful, the food was great, what can I say? In fact we’re trying to get the solo tour to go to India next year.
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.
The StarsDie.com Forums have been completely redesigned! You can now use your standard StarsDie.com user account to post and reply to discussions. The old forum has been archived, and you can still access it here. There are different sub-forums for each project that Steven Wilson is involved in. There’s sections for his solo career, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man, Storm Corrosion & Bass Communion.
There’s also a StarsDie.com specific sub-forum, where you can suggest improvements and report site bugs. The new forums system has been built from the ground-up, so it’s still fairly limited in terms of features. These will be added and updated over the coming weeks. I really hope that you enjoy using it!
QuadrophonicQuad.com have just posted a lengthy Q&A with Steven Wilson, regarding 5.1 surround sound. Notably, Steven Wilson confirms that he is indeed remixing Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s records into 5.1 surround, and that there are plans to re-issue both Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia and Deadwing with brand new anti-loudness stereo masters. I’ve included several answers from the Q&A below, but to read the full Q&A, head over to QuadrophonicQuad.com.
Dear Steven, in a recent Q&A with starsdie.com you mentioned that there are some unreleased Bass Communion 5.1 mixes that you may release in the future. As you have been producing and mixing other artists for quite some time, are there perhaps more unreleased 5.1 mixes you have done? And if so, will they see a release in the future as well, perhaps via Tonefloat or your own Headphone Dust label? Thanks - Robert van Diggele
SW: I’d love to release some of those Bass Communion 5.1 mixes, but as a project like this already appeals to a relatively small percentage of my fans, the proportion of them also interested in 5.1 is miniscule! Certainly it’s been tough to justify 5.1 BC releases (though I’ve done a couple of DVDAs bundled with CDs). All the same I hope to do a box set some time which would tie up a lot of Bass Communion stereo / vinyl only rarities, and add a disc with some of those unreleased surround mixes too. Apart from that there is a beautiful 5.1 mix of Opeth’s Damnation record which I really hope will come out one day. Plus there are a number of other seventies albums that are in the pipeline, but can’t say too much about that at the moment.