Early Plays: To The Bone by Steven Wilson

Here in this blog we have already celebrated and appreciated the album that legendary prog rocker Steven Wilson has released in early 2017 under the moniker of Blackfield, the musical project which see the British artist joining efforts with Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen. The last work from the duo, Blackfield V, was the fifth generated by this valuable collaboration and since the time of its release it’s stably at the top positions of most of the charts published on this blog

Steven Wilson is famous to be a prolific songwriter and in fact, after the recent publication with Blackfield, he’s now going to release a solo album, the fifth of his career after the experience with Porcupine Tree. The new album, named To The Bone, will be launched on mid August 2017.

My fifth record is in many ways inspired by the hugely ambitious progressive pop records that I loved in my youth (think Peter Gabriel’s So, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, Talk Talk’s Colour of Spring and Tears for Fears’ Seeds of Love). Lyrically, the album’s eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the current era in which truth can apparently be a flexible notion, observations of the everyday lives of refugees, terrorists and religious fundamentalists, and a welcome shot of some of the most joyous wide-eyed escapism I’ve created in my career so far. (Steven Wilson on his new album)

From the songs that have been already shared, it’s easy to recognize how Wilson keeps on pushing the boundaries of his personal musical exploration, this time showing a remarkable pop sensibility together with the curiosity of manipualting the typical elements of electronics music. This is particularly evident in Permanating, one of the tracks that have been anticipated from the forthcoming album. Wilson said about the song: “Permanating’ represents a departure from the rest of the album and the more melancholic material I’m known for in that it’s probably the most joyous piece of pure pop I’ve ever recorded. In my mind this is what ABBA and Electric Light Orchestra would sound like as produced by Daft Punk! While I expect it to create healthy debate amongst my listeners, it’s one of the songs I’m most proud of on the new record because it’s such a different approach for me, and I thrive from changing my sound and trying new things.

 

Song Of I (featuring Swiss singer Sophie Hunger) is still deeply marked by electronic elements, although this time the atmospheres are definitely darker and more introspective, as the title of the song suggests.

 

Pariah features Israeli singer-songwriter Ninet Tayeb, which gives the song a peculiar touch with her huge voice. The song is less “electronic” with respect to the previous two tracks but still shows the approach of re-invention that the artist has applied to his music at this stage of his career.

 

To The Bone is due to be released on 18th August but is available now to pre-order in a variety of formats.

 

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