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Old 04-15-2007, 12:52 AM   #16
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I've been listening to The Hold Steady, Radiohead, and The New Pornographers for ages. They keep impressing me by putting out good records over and over and over again.
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I need to check out the New Pornographers. What would you recommend?
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Porcupine Tree, and Steven Wilson in general.

The early stuff is ... interesting. I'm talking about the insanely early cassettes Wilson made in his bedroom, such as On The Sunday Of Life... and The Life, Death, and Mussolini EP. Not much of it appeals to me all that much, though Radioactive Toy remains a Porcupine Tree classic to this day and Jupiter Island is pretty fun. Some of the titles are pretty good too: Message From A Self-Destructing Turnip, anyone?

Up The Downstair is really the first proper PT album, and it's excellent. Atmospheric, sprawling, but at times, restrained and socially aware (Synesthesia) or beautiful (Fadeaway).

Voyage 34 is really what Syd Barrett always should have made. It's completely tripped out, very Floydian, and full of hazy atmosphere.

Staircase Infinities is an amazing EP. The song The Joke's On Your really hints at some of the beauty that was to come later in songs such as A Smart Kid and Lazarus while invoking some very Barrett-esque imagery. And the closing track, Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, is one of Wilson's best instrumental works.

The Sky Moves Sideways continues the Floydian path but adds more in the way of melody. My goodness, this album is good. This is The Unforgettable Fire on lots of trippy drugs. This is Wish You Were Here if it had been made in the nineties. This is the crowning achievement of PT's psychedelic phase.

Then came Signify, signalling the transition from a Wilson solo project to a more band-focused approach. It still has its psychedelic moments, but it really branches out and defies categorisation. There are heavy moments, like the intense instrumental that is the title track, and some of the band's most beautiful moments, such as Every Home Is Wired. I can't get enough of Every Home Is Wired. It sounds better each time I play it.

This was followed by Coma Divine, one of the best fucking live albums ever. If PT sounded good in the studio, they really take it to another level here. The interaction between the band members is flawless and Wilson is on fire.

And then we got the best album the band ever made, Stupid Dream. Oh how I love Stupid Dream. PT shifted away from proggy psychedelia to create a masterpiece of art rock with more conventional song lengths allowing excessive noodling to be trimmed in favour of focusing on the best meat the band could offer. Piano Lessons is the best song the band ever made. This was also the band's lyrically strongest album to date - how can you not love Stop Swimming's opening verse? Wilson's voice may just be at its most beautiful and pure here too.

Lightbulb Sun followed Stupid Dream and it doesn't disappoint. Russia On Ice is a return to epics that maintains previous form, other songs like Shesmovedon and the title track maintain some of the ideas expressed on Stupid Dream, and The Rest Will Flow is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. My goodness, this song is awe-inspiring. It is hard to do better than this.

And then Steven Wilson discovered metal isn't just juvenile music you grow out of, but often very creative, complex, and intelligent. In Absentia was the result of this discovery, and besides being a fantastic and bleak concept album, it has an intensity not present in the band's earlier work. The atmosphere and general style of the band remains, e.g. in .3 and Collapse The Light Into Earth, while the heavier riffing is mastered and brings tracks such as Strip The Soul to life. The Sound Of Muzak is the best commentary on the modern music industry I've heard, and this is probably bassist Colin Edwin's most accomplished album.

In conjunction with In Absentia is the Futile EP, a collection of songs that missed the cut. Orchidia is the heaviest song the band has ever made - it is a pure metal instrumental that sounds fantastic. Futile is in the same vein, with vocals. And Drown With Me is completely different, a softer rock track that sounds beautiful but is actually really morbid. Great song.

Continuing the metal route was Deadwing, an even better album that never ceases to impress me. The metal riffs are even more integrated with the atmospheric stylings the band was known for, and this is most obvious on tracks such as Arriving Somewhere But Not Here and the title track. Lazarus is a stunning and immensely memorable track that I cannot imagine anyone disliking, and the vocal harmonies on Mellotron Scratch are something extraordinary indeed.

And just a couple of days, Fear Of A Blank Planet leaked. Steven Wilson and Co. have done it again. It's a more powerful and complete social commentary than the band has ever attempted, and it flawlessly merges atmospheric and artistic rock with metal sensibilities. Anesthetize is a summary of everything PT stands for. Sentimental is captivating. The production is superb.

And Steven Wilson's side projects don't disappoint either. I've only heard one album from the Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, but it's gold. Some of it is extended atmospheric noodling, much like what you'd get if Brian Eno took all the drugs Keith Richards has done in a lifetime in just one day and was locked in a recording studio, but other parts are more cohesive and sound fantastic, e.g. The Gospel According To The IEM and Headphone Dust.

Blackfield is a collaboration between Wilson and Israeli pop singer Aviv Geffen. It's a collision of prog stylings with pop sensibilities and the songcraft is extraordinary. The first album was generally mellow, except for the extremely powerful conclusion of Cloudy Now, while the second album has more soaring choruses and powerful climaxes and I can't stop playing it. It's like an addiction. I wish more bands were talented enough to make brilliance like Epidemic and Christenings.

So there we go. Steven Wilson for the win.
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Porcupine Tree, and Steven Wilson in general.

The early stuff is ... interesting. I'm talking about the insanely early cassettes Wilson made in his bedroom, such as On The Sunday Of Life... and The Life, Death, and Mussolini EP. Not much of it appeals to me all that much, though Radioactive Toy remains a Porcupine Tree classic to this day and Jupiter Island is pretty fun. Some of the titles are pretty good too: Message From A Self-Destructing Turnip, anyone?

Up The Downstair is really the first proper PT album, and it's excellent. Atmospheric, sprawling, but at times, restrained and socially aware (Synesthesia) or beautiful (Fadeaway).

Voyage 34 is really what Syd Barrett always should have made. It's completely tripped out, very Floydian, and full of hazy atmosphere.

Staircase Infinities is an amazing EP. The song The Joke's On Your really hints at some of the beauty that was to come later in songs such as A Smart Kid and Lazarus while invoking some very Barrett-esque imagery. And the closing track, Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, is one of Wilson's best instrumental works.

The Sky Moves Sideways continues the Floydian path but adds more in the way of melody. My goodness, this album is good. This is The Unforgettable Fire on lots of trippy drugs. This is Wish You Were Here if it had been made in the nineties. This is the crowning achievement of PT's psychedelic phase.

Then came Signify, signalling the transition from a Wilson solo project to a more band-focused approach. It still has its psychedelic moments, but it really branches out and defies categorisation. There are heavy moments, like the intense instrumental that is the title track, and some of the band's most beautiful moments, such as Every Home Is Wired. I can't get enough of Every Home Is Wired. It sounds better each time I play it.

This was followed by Coma Divine, one of the best fucking live albums ever. If PT sounded good in the studio, they really take it to another level here. The interaction between the band members is flawless and Wilson is on fire.

And then we got the best album the band ever made, Stupid Dream. Oh how I love Stupid Dream. PT shifted away from proggy psychedelia to create a masterpiece of art rock with more conventional song lengths allowing excessive noodling to be trimmed in favour of focusing on the best meat the band could offer. Piano Lessons is the best song the band ever made. This was also the band's lyrically strongest album to date - how can you not love Stop Swimming's opening verse? Wilson's voice may just be at its most beautiful and pure here too.

Lightbulb Sun followed Stupid Dream and it doesn't disappoint. Russia On Ice is a return to epics that maintains previous form, other songs like Shesmovedon and the title track maintain some of the ideas expressed on Stupid Dream, and The Rest Will Flow is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. My goodness, this song is awe-inspiring. It is hard to do better than this.

And then Steven Wilson discovered metal isn't just juvenile music you grow out of, but often very creative, complex, and intelligent. In Absentia was the result of this discovery, and besides being a fantastic and bleak concept album, it has an intensity not present in the band's earlier work. The atmosphere and general style of the band remains, e.g. in .3 and Collapse The Light Into Earth, while the heavier riffing is mastered and brings tracks such as Strip The Soul to life. The Sound Of Muzak is the best commentary on the modern music industry I've heard, and this is probably bassist Colin Edwin's most accomplished album.

In conjunction with In Absentia is the Futile EP, a collection of songs that missed the cut. Orchidia is the heaviest song the band has ever made - it is a pure metal instrumental that sounds fantastic. Futile is in the same vein, with vocals. And Drown With Me is completely different, a softer rock track that sounds beautiful but is actually really morbid. Great song.

Continuing the metal route was Deadwing, an even better album that never ceases to impress me. The metal riffs are even more integrated with the atmospheric stylings the band was known for, and this is most obvious on tracks such as Arriving Somewhere But Not Here and the title track. Lazarus is a stunning and immensely memorable track that I cannot imagine anyone disliking, and the vocal harmonies on Mellotron Scratch are something extraordinary indeed.

And just a couple of days, Fear Of A Blank Planet leaked. Steven Wilson and Co. have done it again. It's a more powerful and complete social commentary than the band has ever attempted, and it flawlessly merges atmospheric and artistic rock with metal sensibilities. Anesthetize is a summary of everything PT stands for. Sentimental is captivating. The production is superb.

And Steven Wilson's side projects don't disappoint either. I've only heard one album from the Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, but it's gold. Some of it is extended atmospheric noodling, much like what you'd get if Brian Eno took all the drugs Keith Richards has done in a lifetime in just one day and was locked in a recording studio, but other parts are more cohesive and sound fantastic, e.g. The Gospel According To The IEM and Headphone Dust.

Blackfield is a collaboration between Wilson and Israeli pop singer Aviv Geffen. It's a collision of prog stylings with pop sensibilities and the songcraft is extraordinary. The first album was generally mellow, except for the extremely powerful conclusion of Cloudy Now, while the second album has more soaring choruses and powerful climaxes and I can't stop playing it. It's like an addiction. I wish more bands were talented enough to make brilliance like Epidemic and Christenings.

So there we go. Steven Wilson for the win.
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