So, Steven Wilson is pretty much the indiputable heavy-weight champion of progressive music this century. He’s fronted bands as lead singer, song-writer and guitarist (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Bass Communion, Incredibly Expanding Mindfuck), produced bands as diverse as Opeth, Blackfield and Anathema, contributed to dozens of other bands and, oh yeah, launched an extremely successsful solo career. He is a progressive music renasaince man. His list of credits is absolutley mind-blowing.
So when the following came on a random playlist the other day I knew I had to post it. The song starts with a slow ambient soundscape, moves into a poppy lyrical section and evolves into a classic heavy-prog workout….it’s quintessential Porcupine Tree. The only negative is the overly ambitious video editing: stupid effects, out-of-focus shots, million-edits-a-second….you name the film school effect it’s found on this piece. The fact is totally awesome despite the horrid editing speaks volumes to the strength of the band and the music. It’s a perfect introduction to anyone unfamiliar with the the no-doubt-about-it King of Prog: