Published: April 6, 2013 1:24:38 am
The Raven That Refused to Sing
(And Other Stories)
When it involves Steve Wilson,frontman of acts like Porcupine Tree,Blackfield and No-Man the phrase genius barely does justice. The UK-based musician has been on the forefront of progressive rock for the previous a number of years and has labored with virtually everybody of notice within the style.
Apart from being a superlative vocalist,Wilson is a virtuoso at a musical store value of devices,from the standard (piano,guitar,bass,flute,harp) to the trendy (sampler,mixer) to the bizarre (hammer dulcimer,mellotron).
In his third solo album,Wilson demonstrates his superlative expertise in the entire above.
From the very outset,The Raven.. stands out. An idea album,every of its seven tracks are constructed round a supernatural story,within the model of Edgar Allan Poe. On its launch,the album was accompanied by a 128-page guide of lyrics by its songs and ghost tales.
So if the opening observe,Luminol,takes inspiration from a busker,a avenue performer,who in Wilsons phrases is a ghost in life,the title observe is about an outdated man who will get usually visited by a raven he believes is his useless sisters ghose. The tracks in between all have their very own erily esoteric storylines.
Sometimes,there comes an album which must be listened to,not written about. Sure,there may be some stellar riff work on the guitar. The piano work is mesmerising and evocative. The drumming is mild,solely used the place it must be. And then there may be the mellontron,Wilsons pet instrument its cadences flowing by the devices. Over all these Wilsons vocals form the ebb and circulate of the music. More than an album,The Raven.. is an auditory expertise,with Wilson and his musicians taking you throughout soundscapes,a form of sonic séance. Once the final chords of the final tune fade away,theres just one factor to do. Press play once more.
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