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CD review STEVEN WILSON "Transcience"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Prog Rock, Rock, News

(*/10) It was, almost to the day, one year ago when Steven Wilson released an album called "Transience" which contained 13 tracks of the master of progressive and soulful rock music. It covered an era between 2003-2015 and at that time the longplayer was released as vinyl only. Now, twelve months later, "Transience" will be published as CD.

In general there isn't that much of a difference which means that you can get a lot of insights in the earlier posted vinyl review. However, there is with "Happiness III" a bonus track on this CD version which acts as an extra treat for the fans. Actually I think that an album like this works best on the good old vinyl but that's not more than my own opinion. It's of course far more handy to have it on CD too.

Anyhow: Excellent music which is a must for Steven Wilson fans and rock music enthusiasts.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Transience (Single version)
  2. Harmony Korine
  3. Postcard
  4. Significant Other
  5. Insurgentes
  6. The Pin Drop
  7. Happy Returns (edit)
  8. Deform to Form a Star (edit)
  9. Happiness III
  10. Thank you
  11. Index
  12. Hand Cannot Erase
  13. Lazarus (2015 recording)
  14. Drive Home

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: October 16th, 2016

CD review STEVEN WILSON "Transcience"
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CD review IAMTHEMORNING "Lighthouse"

Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2016 von Markus W. in IAmTheMorning, Rock, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, Riverside, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson

(8/10) It was one and a half years ago when I got the first album from IAmTheMorning and the first thing that stood out was the name itself, for two reasons. The name itself is unusual for metal and the way it's written attracts attention too.

That the band's name doesn't sound like metal isn't a coincidence since the duo from St. Petersburg, Russia isn't metal. IAmTheMorning is a prog rock band that focusses more on big soundscapes than heavy riffing and brutal basslines.

Twelve new songs made it on "Lighthouse" and apposite to the title the tune starts with some gently breaking waves, introducing the first song, "Too many years". One of the biggest assets of IAmTheMorning is, next to a great sense for great songs, the outstanding vocals of Marjana Semkina . Her voice is a perfect symbiosis with the band's sound. Listen to the opener and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Sometimes only accompanied by the piano it's Marjana's intonation that blows life into tunes like "Too Many Years", but also all the other numbers on "Lighthouse".

With "Clear clearer" the band merges Kate Bush and prog rock while "Harmony" sound like a sunrise on a fresh and innocent morning. IAmTheMorning have the ability to express various spheres with their music which makes the album to a fascinating musical adventure which you don't want to miss out, something that's being confirmed by the outstanding "Matches" too.

"Lighthouse" is a romantic, fragile, solid and beautiful longplayer that shows IAmTheMorning on a new level. "Lighthouse" proves that there is music for brain and heart. This band has the potential to enter the Champions League of prog rock.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Came Before the Water pt.1
  2. Too Many Years
  3. Clear Clearer
  4. Sleeping Pills
  5. Libretto Horror
  6. Lighthouse ft. Mariusz Duda
  7. Harmony
  8. Matches
  9. Blighted
  10. Chalk and Coal
  11. I Came Before the Water pt.2
  12. Post Scriptum

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: April 1st, 2016

CD review IAMTHEMORNING "Lighthouse"
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LP review STEVEN WILSON "Transience"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2015 von Markus W. in Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Prog Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, LP Review, Vinyl

(*/10) You might wonder if the header is a typing error. No, it's not. This album is an LP only. "Transience" is a double album, yinyl only, that comes with 13 songs from the master of progressive soundscapes. As Steven Wilson states in the label info he always resisted to do compilations, but this time he couldn't resist.

The thirteen tracks on "Transience" have been written between 2003 and 2015. The tunes are spread out on three sides of the double album. The fourth side is reserved for 'etching' of the original handwritten lyric sketches for "Happy Returns" - one of the tracks on the album. Already this is something that makes the longplayer to a sonic goody for all fans and collectors.

But "Transience" isn't only for die-hard fans. Quite in contrary. Also for new fans, the ones that have been always 'afraid' of Wilson's complex and multilayered songs, it's this vinyl that offers thirteen great entrypoints into the musical world of Steven Wilson. Each of the tunes is easier to diguest than some of the other compositions of the dedicated musician and the tracks are also kept shorter too. The song itself gets the attention by still keeping the passion for arcs of suspension a la Wilson. Big soundscapes meet outstanding melodies that provides you with an hour of dreamful music.

Next to Steven Wilson songs the album also contains "Lazarus" from Porcupine Trees in a 2015 version that is based on a live recording from the current Steven Wilson line-up.

"Transience" is special and a beautiful piece of music. This album deserves, no, it demands vinyl. If you love rock music and if you have a passion for big melodic compositions you have to call this record your own.

 

(*/10) 

 

Tracklist:

Side 1:

  1. Transience (Single version)
  2. Harmony Korine
  3. Postcard
  4. Significant Other
  5. Insurgentes

Side 2:

  1. The Pin Drop
  2. Happy Returns (edit)
  3. Deform to Form a Star (edit)
  4. Thank you

Side 3:

  1. Index
  2. Hand Cannot Erase
  3. Lazarus (2015 recording)
  4. Drive Home

Side 4:

Etching

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Rock

Release date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

 

LP review STEVEN WILSON "Transience"
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CD review GAVIN HARRISON "Cheating the polygraph"

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2015 von Markus W. in Gavin Harrison, Porcupine Tree, News, Rock, Jazz, Swing, Prog Rock, CD Review

(*/10) KScope proves again that they go for complex music rather than for mainstream. The latest album which underlines this is the longplayer from Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison. Next to this prog legend Harrison worked also together  with King Crimson and guys like Iggy Pop.

If you think that this gives you an idea about what "Cheating the polygraph" is about I must tell you that you're wrong. The new solo album from Harrison is progressive -without any doubt. But it differs quite a lot from the above mentioned references. 

The base for the tunes are Porcupine Tree songs that are fully re-arranged. The music can be described as 'big band sound'. Harrison merges swing, jazz and rock into something that sounds special. In total eight instrumentals take you on a journey through soundscapes that are a kind of 'new world' for metal fans. This also means that if you're looking for mighty riffs you should not consider this album as one you should go for. There are other releases this month that serves this menu.

But if you want to experience something new and exciting, than you're right with "Cheating the polygraph". The tunes on the longplayer are, even though they are complex and layered, easy to approach. The disc isn't too freaky but arranged in an innovative way. This is contemporary music on a high level. The song itself is the midpoint and a small masterpiece. Porcupine Tree shines in a total new light with those arrangements.

Again, you have to be open enough for this kind of music in order to start to enjoy what you hear. I don't give this album a rating since it has more a kind of exotic status on a heavy blog. However, it is worth to check it out and "Cheating the polygraph" is an excellent companion on a grey and rainy Sunday afternoon.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. What happens now?
  2. Sound of muzak / So called friend
  3. Start something beautiful
  4. Heartattack in a layby / Creator had a mastertape
  5. The pills I'm taking (from Anesthetize)
  6. Hatesong (Halo)
  7. Cheating the polygraph / Mother and child divided
  8. Futile

 

Label: KScope

Genre: Rock

CD review GAVIN HARRISON "Cheating the polygraph"
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