What does it sound like?:
At just 37 minutes long, this album is something of a palette cleanser between Wilson’s fourth album and the as yet unrecorded fifth.
The six tracks on offer include three instrumental pieces, and the album is bookended by two long pieces, both of which comprise a mixture of studio and live performance.
Four of the songs are offcuts from the Hand.Cannot.Erase sessions, while one dates back to the sessions for The Raven That Refused To Sing album. The remaining track, Don’t Hate Me, is a reworking from the 2015 tour of the song on the 1998 Porcupine Tree album Stupid Dream, but performed as a duet with Ninet Tayeb.
The Blu ray version adds various alternate versions, instrumentals and the 2015 version of Lazarus.
What does it all *mean*?
Having listened to this album a good deal over the past couple of months, it is certainly a worthwhile purchase for Wilson fans. Obviously, being effectively an expanded EP, it is not a complete and cohesive work of the type he usually offers up, but nevertheless there is much to enjoy here.
Goes well with…
Other Wilson solo albums or Porcupine Tree albums.
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