Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Bleak but beautiful

Steven Wilson, the front man from the band Porcupine Tree, has released his new solo album, the Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories). It's has more jazz influences than I expected, while still comfortably in the progressive rock category. It's uneasy listening at times, and rather dark - though it's a long way from being the darkest album in my collection. That honour stays with Recoil's Unsound Methods.

Of the title track, Wilson told Music Radar that:
It’s about an old man at the end of his life who is waiting to die. He thinks back to a time in his childhood when he was incredibly close to his older sister. She was everything to him, and he was everything to her. Unfortunately, she died when they were both very young. This is not autobiographical; it’s fiction in that respect. But the guy is now at the end of his life, and he’s never been able to form any other kind of relationships. He’s spent his entire life alone, unable to relate to any other human beings.

“A raven begins to visit this man’s garden, and the raven begins to represent a symbol or a manifestation of his sister. The thing is, his sister would sing to him whenever he was afraid or insecure, and it was a calming influence on him. In his ignorance, he decides that if he can get the raven to sing to him, it will be the final proof that this is, in fact, his sister who has come back to take him with her to the next life.

Here's the video for the Raven That Refused To Sing:


You can buy the album at Burning Shed.

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