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Steven Wilson Announces New Album

Porcupine Tree frontman reveals new solo album details

Grace For Drowning is released on 26 September through KScope. The album is Wilson's second solo effort after 2009's Insurgentes and it's a pretty ambitious effort.

Grace For Drowning is a double album ("Two 40-45 minute albums in one package," says Wilson) and, like its predecessor, it will be more experimental than his Porcupine Tree day-job.

"Insurgentes was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it's more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late 60s and early 70s, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the three-minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create 'journeys in sound' I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit.

"There's everything from (Ennio) Morricone-esque film themes to chord music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz-inspired piece. I've actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records."

Wilson also plays a show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 31 October in support of the new record.

There's a few tickets left for the gig from the link below:


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