On September 27, Kscope will release Grace For Drowning, the new album from producer slash writer slash singer slash instrumentalist slash demigod Steven Wilson, known as the founder and frontman of Porcupine Tree).
Grace For Drowning will be Wilson’s second solo album, following the release of 2009’s exceptionally well-received Insurgentes, a record I seriously recommend you get if you’re into mellow, progressive awesomeness.
Grace For Drowning also represents a milestone in audio fidelity as the first-ever new rock album released primarily as a Blu-Ray video disc, with music in 5.1 surround sound and accompanying video with every song. “The video content,” according to a press release, “includes music videos starring Wilson (he’s only appeared in two previous music videos) as well as excerpts from the recording, mixing, and mastering sessions, presented in interactive formats that bring fans closer than ever to the production process.”
“Insurgentes was an important step for me into something new,” says Wilson. “This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create “journeys in sound” I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz–inspired piece. I’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records.”