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Steven Wilson


Crossover Prog

3.52 | 62 ratings

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3 stars 'Vapour Trail Lullaby' is a one track single by Steven Wilson that was given away with advance ordered copies of the DVD 'Insurgentes'. Originally, this track was demoed for Porcupine Tree prior to the release of 'In Absentia', but they never thought it fit quite right in their material. So, Steven Wilson recorded it solo. Since he thought it sounded too much like Porcupine Tree material, he left it off of any album. However, the last part of the track was adapted into the 'Twilight Coda' of Wilson's album 'Insurgentes'. Also, a different realization of the track was used in the track 'Lullaby' by Blackfield. So, parts and pieces of the track were used, but this single is the original 9 + minute version, which Wilson liked better than any of his other attempts to try to record it.

You should recognize the piano riffs as it fades in if you have heard the Blackfield song. Subdued and processed vocals soon start as the piano continues along with vocal field recordings added for atmosphere. The melody is the same as 'Lullaby' but the lyrics are different. As it continues, intensity slowly builds and instruments are added. The sound suddenly reaches normal level. Drums, mellotron and a beautiful soft guitar riff is added, as Wilson sings more verses. You will start to hear a countermelody during the chorus after awhile. At 6:00, everything quiets down as the coda begins. This part is more ambient as echoing guitars and keys create a spacey atmosphere.

As far as I can tell, this track was never released on any other recording. It is a beautiful track, but if you have heard the Blackfield song, you know what the main melody sound like, it is just that this track develops the song much better, because, as you know, most Blackfield songs are short and at times seem underdeveloped. Anyway, it is a difficult one to find and probably expensive if you do find it.

TCat | 3/5 |


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