An informative studio update from Steven Wilson

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I was pleasantly surprised at how well the news of Steven Wilson’s recording was received in this toilet. It taught me that, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of you really do have your heads on straight and totally like good music. So I figured this bit of news might be of some interest to you dudes.

Yesterday a six-minute short of Steven Wilson and the band at AIR Studios in London (created by Lassie Hoile) was posted to Steven Wilson’s Facebook page. Unlike most studio updates, this one is well-made and full of useful information, previews of the album as a work in progress, and the glorious, shining personage of the progmaster himself. Here it is:

For the folks who can’t watch this because they’re at work/at school/busy/etc., here’s some good information revealed by Wilson in the short interview:

“It’s the same band. So its Guthrie Govan on guitar, Marco Minnemann on drums, Nick Beggs on bass, Adam Holzman on keyboards. Theo is involved in the record, although less so, and that’s no reflection on him, it’s simply because I’ve written less for sax and flute this time. And I think, generally, this album has probably got much less of the strong jazz element than the last record had.”

Furthermore:

“In some ways it seems like the next step to me from The Raven…, but whereas The Raven… was fairly consistent in tone (because it had such a strong concept and also I was very much into the idea of making an album that almost sounded like it could have been made in 1972 — like a real vintage, old-school progressive rock album. I think we did that, and I’m really proud of the fact that we did that, and did it pretty well), now I’m looking to maybe bringing in some of the other elements from my musical repertoire, as it were. So we’ve got electronic music on the album, we’ve got a couple of real straightforward (well, for me) pop tunes, but we’ve also got three tracks that are long, more progressively-influenced tracks, too. So in some ways it feels almost like a combination of all my solo work, and maybe all my work overall, it’s kind of all somehow represented in this album.”

I’m pretty excited. This guy can do no wrong (Yes, even Storm Corrosion, you ass). He’s like King Midas, only everything he touches turns into AOTY-material instead of gold (Okay, maybe not Storm Corrosion). It looks like we’re going to have to wait until February 2015 for this one.

Keep an eye out for more updates. I’m going to go watch the Anesthetize live DVD.

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  • Death

    I saw this on sputnikmusic earlier and almost soiled myself. It’s so tasty.

    • Edward Meehan
      • Death

        .

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Do you know these people? They claim to be from your imaginary land.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

          • Death

            I don’t know them on a personal level, but I am aware of their existence. They indeed are Finnish (the singer has a pretty clear Finnish accent and a little bit of Finnish is spoken before the song starts).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            They were on morning television the other day.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That interests me that you know who they are. I must ask, have you ever heard of a Finnish man named Ludvig Borga? He was an MMA fighter, he was in the WWF for a short time and he apparently died back in 2010.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            The name is vaguely familiar, but I can’t put a face on it. Or telk if it’s really him I remember or something else.

      • Guest

        Oh god fucking dammit disqus!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    SW is my personal Jesus.

    • Edward Meehan
      • Beunhaas

        I was JUST going to post that. Lol.

        • Edward Meehan

          There’s always the Cash version, too. I dig ’em both.

          • Beunhaas

            Same, they’re both really different, but awesome.

          • Edward Meehan

            On his last six albums, the whole American Recording series, he did a tremendous amount of solid covers. Some of the songs were covers that I didn’t know about because they were covers of old ass country songs.

          • Beunhaas

            I’m familiar with those, really good stuff.

          • W.

            Let us not forget his cover of Hurt.

          • Edward Meehan

            I really dig the live version of Hurt your homeslice Reznor did where he played the piano.

          • W.

            Which one, haha? There a ton of live albums and official bootlegs floating around.

          • Edward Meehan

            It was a video I watched on the “Tube of You” a bunch of times, probably the first version that comes up on any standard search engine.

          • W.

            Hmm. Maybe from the “All That Could Have Been” release.

          • Max

            Ha ha, I influenced you again! (I assume.)

          • Edward Meehan

            Correct! Lol.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            So much cheese

          • Edward Meehan

            I haven’t seen or heard this one, IOU checking out when I’m out of the office.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love Depeche Mode. I consider them the most lyrically heavy synthpop band of all time. I love their albums Black Celebration, Some Great Reward, and Violator which has the song above.

        • Edward Meehan

          I’m mostly familiar with Violator. Of course Personal Jesus is a big song, perhaps their biggest. I like the other singles from that album as well, such as Enjoy the Silence. Many of their songs have been featured in films. I didn’t know for a long time that they were all from the same album, which was Violator.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I knew DM were mainstream when the song was playing in my local grocery store frequented by seniors.

          • Edward Meehan

            Always a fine litmus test for mainstream success lol

  • Steven Wilson and Dan Swanö should produce everything. If they could most modern music wouldn’t sound like totally clipped shit.

    • This.

    • Beunhaas

      THIS

    • MoshOff

      Dan Swanö manages to master certain stuff at super high volumes (when the music calls for it, obviously) and not make it sound like clipped ass.

      • Exactly. He doesn’t always do dynamic masters (the client ultimately decides) but even at DR6 he can make something sound good.

        • MoshOff

          I was thinking more like the latest Asphyx and Hail of Bullets (DR4 and DR5). I really don’t know how the fuck he does it, both those albums sound great with no obvious clipping.

          • I should listen to the Asphyx one. Heard the Hail of Bullets album and thought it was pretty good (sound and music.)

          • MoshOff

            Yeah, good sounding modern metal albums are a rarity. It always sucks when I go back to an album I used to love only to discover it sounds like ass to me now. RIP naive audio innocence.

          • Edward Meehan

            The latest Hail of Bullets album is tremendous.

          • I need to give it a few more listens. I’ve had my head way up the ass of my eighties record collection too much lately lol.

          • Edward Meehan

            Ha! I need to visit Strife’s back catalog now as well as like 8,000,000 other things on the ol’ list that never gets smaller. I did, this weekend, become enamored with that new Aphex Twin. Shit kills. It’s weird cause I haven’t been that into EDM for a very long time.

          • Angermeans is an interesting product of its time. In This Defiance is essential HC IMO.

          • Edward Meehan

            My girlfriend was playing some stuff for me over the weekend. Bane, which I mentioned once on here, and some old local to Minneapolis stuff. A lot of it sounded tight but it was mixed like shit so despite sounding like good music it also sounded like shit, if that makes any sense at all. Lol.

          • Yeah, it makes sense. Some of that type of music is supposed to sound like that though. There’s not too many audiophiles in the HC/punk scene haha.

          • Edward Meehan

            I was recently playing some of the “major” punk and hardcore bands after my trip to AZ, and it’s funny cause at the time they were so controversial and abrasive and loud and compared to a lot of what the kids listen to now, it’s essentially poppy rock music. i.e. Black Flag and the like.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Oh yea, no doubt about it, martin is an old man and he is the christopher lee of death vocals. HOB are out bolt throwing bolt thrower at the war metal game.

        • JWG

          Have to be totally honest here, I’m still completely lost concerning Dynamic Range even after repeatedly rereading the constant commentary about it from AMG.

          I kind of get the mathematics of it, but then the practical experience of differences still eludes me.

          • The easiest way to hear the effects of DRC is to find a late-eighties heavy metal CD that’s been remastered to be as artificially-loud as modern releases. (There’s a lot of them.) You can hear a major difference especially with the drums peaking in the mix on the original whereas they are buried and/or clipped in the remaster. (Not all remasters are badly done though.)

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I always wondered about those cd restorers used shops use, it seems like they actually fuck up the discs. What do you think ?

          • Depends on how far they go. As long as the disc is readable it’s all good.

          • Max

            Important addendum to Jay’s advice here: It helps if you’ve got both the original CD and the re-master on hand. You then rip the same song from each into a wave editor, onto adjacent tracks, and listen to both of them on a LOW volume. Obviously the re-master will be louder; so use its track fader to lower the volume down to equal where the original is as best as your ears can tell. Then turn your monitor volume up and solo between one and the other to hear what the re-mastering has done to the music.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Swano is like a metal superman. He was sent to earth to make metal, and he never fails, he is my musical hero, and everyones on here. But the bigwig metal bands pretend he doesn’t exist or have never listened to good swano produced metal themselves. Which is worse ?

        • My favorite Swanö stuff is the most recent Nightingale albums. Not all heavy but holy fuck they’re good.

    • old_man_doom

      Say what you will about the new Opeth record, but that shit has DYNAMICS FOR DAYS. Part songwriting, part Wilson production — love it.

      • It’s sad that we have to praise a modern album for being competently engineered and just not sounding like shit but, when most are poorly produced and sound like butt, I guess we must.

        • Xan

          It’s like in video games now. People are praising a video game that simply works AND doesn’t have microtransactions out the ass.

    • THIS

    • Death

      And Steve Albini!

  • Beunhaas

    Steven has really nice hair.

    • Stockhausen

      These words are true words.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Storm Corrosion was a very good album. I soiled myself when I heard that they were both ready to make anither should the opportunity rear it’s ugly head.

    Also, yay. SW’s solo stuff has been vrry good so far also.

  • W.

    I like Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree well enough, but why can’t all these prog nerds leave the 70s in the 70s? Stop trying to sound intentionally retro and just write interesting music, please.

    #soapboxtirade

    • Edward Meehan
      • W.

        Why is Nala so pale?

        • Edward Meehan

          I think it was your #soapboxtirade.

          I’m painfully clueless as to what is actually going on in here, lol.

    • I don’t think it’s any more “retro” than most of the tr00-metuhl bands who keep rehashing the vocal-stylings of Chuck Schuldiner.

      Death-vox is the most unoriginal, cheesy, and played-the-fuck-out schtick in all of modern music. For me it’s far more interesting to hear some bands sort-of pick up where some 70s group left off than to hear the same shit Schuldiner did better except 25+ years later.

      • W.

        I agree with you that a ton of death metal bands are totally derivative, but many are still far more interesting to me than the throw-back bands like Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Also, I was bored to tears by the newest Opeth album, although I actually liked Heritage. And it isn’t due to the lack of death growls.

        • I like the new Opeth and I also like you…so I’m not going to agitate for an argument haha.

          • W.

            Let’s just agree to like Unisonic and Sanctuary!

          • Argreeeed.

          • Stockhausen

            Hey hey hey, none of that here. This is the internet, not manners world.

          • I often wonder how many of you I wound up having a six hour argument with two-three years ago on the MS boards haha.

          • W.

            I usually avoid arguments online, and I don’t ever remember throwing down with you there.

          • I’ve foolishly allowed myself to be baited into some pretty dumb arguments. Good thing I”m never running for office or something.

          • awwww, so much love.
            i got into it with King Shit of Fuck Mountain a LONG time ago. but i didn’t know him then.

          • To be fair KSoFM is really easy to get into it with 😛

          • Max

            Remember the bob one? That was epic!

            And the one with that guy Connor? I really wanted to weigh in there since I’d had a run-in with him too, but I figured you could handle ‘im.

          • I’ve been in some really dumb ones too before those. I’ve had my ass handed to me a few times for sure haha.

          • Death

            The new Opeth was great, especially after the disappointing Heritage.

          • I love the new Opeth. Definitely on my best of the year list (not that there’s a lot of competition IMO)

          • Death

            There have been many albums that have dropped from my list, but Opeth and a few other albums have stayed there.

          • #goodguyJAG

        • KJM

          I have a much different view. Honestly, if it weren’t for the 70s style and the Occult/Stoner/Doom stuff, I’d have pretty much given up on today’s Metal completely. I already lived through the 80s once.

          However, I do prefer Heritage over Pale Communion so far, at least enough to skip the December show in Worcester in hopes that the next leg will have better support.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I absolutely have to see Opeth because they are touring with In Flames. I do love the retro 70’s style rock and metal though. Also, the metal of today has nothing on the metal of the 80’s. In no way can Motley Crue be called worse than Five Finger Death Punch and that fake metal bullshit.

          • KJM

            ‘Shout At The Devil’ was a good album which puts Crue at least one up on 5FDP who have none.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            The debut crue is also decent, although by no means something i would want or have ever listened to.

          • Xan

            I don’t really like Motley Crue and most of the glam metal bands but no one can deny they had several good songs. I’ll sing with Shout at the Devil any day.

        • new Opeth gets all the flushes.

      • Wizard Aura

        Kayo Dot?

        • I have to admit I’ve only heard a little Kayo Dot. Prolly should fix that 😉

  • I have no idea who this is

    • Beunhaas
      • ahh, that’s why. no growlz or medical journal lyrics

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      He is the second comin’ of the preacher formerly known as jesus. Only this time he ain’t no latin and came for the music.

  • Stockhausen

    The Raven That Refused to Sing was a flippin’ fantastic album. I cannot wait for this new stuff.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I still spin Porcupine Tree’s Deadwing on the reg, love that album. Haven’t checked out much of his other releases, Storm Corrosion kinda underwhelmed me. Will definitely check out more of his stuff in the future.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I love Steven Wilson and his remastering of old prog bands like King Crimson, Gentle Giant and his remasters of Jethro Tull.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I do love Steven Wilson. Honestly, I find his solo work to be hit-and-miss, but his work with Porcupine Tree was awesome (as well as the “hit” songs on his solo albums). Storm Corrosion was garbage.

    That being said, what he has to say about this upcoming album sounds very promising, and as always I’m going to buy it. Even if I don’t like it all, the good parts on it will make it more than worth the money.

    • Death

      Damn mate. Storm Corrosion hate is real. I liked it quite a lot.

      • Guacamole Jim

        It’s honestly a personal thing for me, but I hate music that I feel is self-indulgent to the point of narcissism. Storm Corrosion felt like something they should have made for fun, and then kept on their respective computers forever. It shouldn’t have been released. It’s one of those things you do for fun, for an experiment, for yourself.

        • Death
        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I kinda like that albums with that feeling (I like SC). It’s a sort of a fuck you- reminder. I don’t do this for you, only for myself, I don’t really care about your opinion. But feel free to finance my fun

      • KJM

        I’m surprisingly neutral on this subject.

        • Death

          ..

          • KJM

            SC is ok, but it’s just sorta ‘there’ for me. I listened to the whole thing once.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Guppusmaximus

    Well, if you’re gonna release an album that has both Progressive and Poppy stuff on it, having Govan, Minnemann & Beggs in your toolbox certainly helps a million-fold…