Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

PORCUPINE TREE

Heavy Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Porcupine Tree picture
Porcupine Tree biography
Formed in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire - Suspended activity since 2010

PORCUPINE TREE are incredibly hard to describe because their music doesn't fit into any one genre. I like the description on the back of the album "Signify" (one of my all time favorites). It says "Porcupine Tree have managed to defy genres and blend together numerous ambient, rock and avant-garde styles to create a musical landscape that is both refreshing and compulsively seductive". The great post-GONG revival which gave birth to OZRIC TENTACLES now brings us PORCUPINE TREE. The hypnotic rhythms, spacy synthesizers, glissando guitar and crazy voices which made the style successful are all contained here.

⭐ Collaborators Top Prog Album of 2007 ⭐

The band started as a solo project of singer-songwriter-guitarist STEVEN WILSON who, back in the early nineties, released a series of increasingly spaced-out ambient excursions. PT is one of the most innovative bands in prog today combining intense musicianship, unconventional composition and superb studio production. They are unquestionably one of the UK's most inspired and inventive rock groups.

The bands 4th studio album from '96. "Signify" saw Porcupine Tree truly gell as a studio band producing a blend of psychedelia, heavy rock, melancholic pop, kraut rock, and wild experimentation that brought the best out of each band member. Their latest two albums ("Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun") move the band further away from their influences and into their own catagory, by which other bands eventually will be compared. But if you are a fan of progressive, thoughtful, briliantly executed and flawlessly produced music, you will do no better than PT.

PORCUPINE TREE's eighth studio album, "Deadwing", was released in March 2005 by Lava Records / Warner Music. Less rock-oriented than the previous album "In Absentia", "Deadwing" is partially based on a "surreal ghost story" screenplay written by Steven and sometime PORCUPINE TREE / NO-MAN art collaborator Mike Bennion. The 60-minute, nine-track album contains material varying from short airplay-friendly songs such as 'Shallow' to lengthier pieces like the 10-minute-plus 'Arriving Somewhere But Not Here'. Most of the music was written by Steven but the album features the largest amount of full-band com...
read more

Buy PORCUPINE TREE Music


Arriving SomewhereArriving Somewhere
KSCOPE 2018
$13.60
$14.97 (used)
In AbsentiaIn Absentia
Kscope Import 2018
$11.55
$14.69 (used)
Fear Of A Blank Planet (USA Only)Fear Of A Blank Planet (USA Only)
KSCOPE 2017
$11.30
$13.48 (used)
AnesthetizeAnesthetize
KSCOPE 2017
$17.90
$14.20 (used)
Stupid DreamStupid Dream
KSCOPE 2017
$9.14
$9.13 (used)
DeadwingDeadwing
Kscope Import 2018
$22.29
$30.22 (used)
Lightbulb Sun (Sleevepac Cd)Lightbulb Sun (Sleevepac Cd)
KSCOPE 2017
$11.75
$8.99 (used)
On The Sunday Of LifeOn The Sunday Of Life
KSCOPE 2017
$7.91
$11.62 (used)
Up The DownstairUp The Downstair
KSCOPE 2018
$7.91
$7.44 (used)
The Sky Moves SidewaysThe Sky Moves Sideways
KSCOPE 2018
$10.39
$14.39 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring NEW CD USD $9.68 Buy It Now 1h 50m
PORCUPINE TREE- Shesmovedon- 3 Track CD Single 2000- Steve Wilson- RARE USD $25.71 [0 bids]
2h 3m
Porcupine Tree: Octane Twisted 2 CD Set 2012 Live in Chicago & London KScope NEW USD $9.95 Buy It Now 2h 8m
Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine (Special Edition, 2009) - Double CD USD $8.99 Buy It Now 2h 30m
Porcupine Tree - Recordings NEW CD USD $11.64 Buy It Now 3h 2m
Porcupine Tree - The Incident Limited Edition Box Set - Mint Sealed USD $192.89 [0 bids]
3h 21m
porcupine tree fear of a blank planet limited edition cd USD $69.99 Buy It Now 4h 12m
Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson): the Delerium Years 1991- 1993 9 Vinyl USD $225.06 [0 bids]
7h 11m
Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring [Vinyl LP] /0* USD $32.99 Buy It Now 8h 13m
Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring LP NEW 180G USD $29.99 Buy It Now 10h 30m
Deadwing - Porcupine Tree CD scarce- vgc USD $6.42 [0 bids]
14h 12m
Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34 (2017) 180g Vinyl 2LP NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $32.09 Buy It Now 14h 29m
PORCUPINE TREE-INCIDENT (DLX) VINYL LP NEW USD $55.90 Buy It Now 16h 2m
WHITE VINYL Porcupine Tree In Absentia 2-LP Steven Wilson NEW Kscope 180 Gram USD $89.99 Buy It Now 18h 3m
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing - CD - Lava - 938122 - US, 2005 Promo USD $14.50 Buy It Now 18h 18m
Porcupine Tree ?- Voyage 34 ULTRA RARE COLLECTOR'S CD! NEW! FREE SHIPING! USD $25.00 Buy It Now 18h 35m
porcupine tree Cd USD $15.43 [0 bids]
18h 36m
porcupine tree voyage 34 original stickered delerium cd in nr mint cond USD $19.29 [0 bids]
18h 38m
PORCUPINE TREE - Coma Divini ( 3 LPs Headspin - Vol.1,2,3 - Mint - Rare ) USD $55.00 Buy It Now 18h 42m
Porcupine Tree Waiting 1996 Vinyl [ DELECEP049 ] USD $154.33 Buy It Now 18h 58m
porcupine tree the sky moves sideways original deleruim cd and mailing card USD $19.29 [0 bids]
18h 58m
porcupine tree up the downstair original delerium cd in as new cond USD $19.29 [0 bids]
19h 15m
PORCUPINE TREE - Nil Recurring - Vinyl (180 gram clear vinyl LP) USD $24.69 Buy It Now 19h 38m
Porcupine Tree : Signify CD USD $12.98 Buy It Now 21h 35m
Deadwing by Porcupine Tree (CD, Apr-2005, Lava Records (USA)) USD $3.35 [4 bids]
21h 55m
Porcupine Tree : Sunday of Life CD USD $12.98 Buy It Now 21h 56m
PORCUPINE TREE - LAZARUS EP 2005 RARE - GOOD CONDITION  USD $25.72 [0 bids]
22h 7m
Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream Vinyl Record LP - 2006 Issue Gates Of Dawn Sealed USD $200.00 Buy It Now 22h 37m
NO-MAN Loveblows & Lovecries, A Confession STEVEN WILSON Porcupine Tree PROG USD $29.99 Buy It Now 22h 49m
OPETH Deliverance CD prog death metal acoustic porcupine tree ulver amorphis USD $5.00 Buy It Now 23h 28m
PORCUPINE TREE The Sky Moves Sideways CD prog rock 1995 king crimson genesis USD $15.00 Buy It Now 23h 28m
PORCUPINE TREE On The Sunday Of Life... CD prog rock psych steven wilson opeth USD $8.00 Buy It Now 23h 28m
Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways - 2007 2 CD ,Digipak - Near Mint USD $8.51 Buy It Now 23h 33m
OPETH Deliverance CD prog death metal acoustic porcupine tree USD $3.99 [0 bids]
USD $5.49 Buy It Now
23h 35m
Theo Travis - Eleven Bowls Of Acidophilus Flute Salad - 91/100 - Porcupine Tree USD $50.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Coma Divine: Kscope Digi reissue by Porcupine Tree (CD, Feb-2009, USD $15.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Porcupine Tree - On The Sunday Of Life [New Vinyl LP] USD $26.76 Buy It Now 1 day
Voyage 34: The Complete Trip by Porcupine Tree (CD, 2004 Snapper/Kscope Reissue) USD $10.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Porcupine Tree On The Sunday of Life (2004 Snapper/Kscope Digipak Reissue) USD $10.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted (2xCD + DVD-V) digipack USD $28.88 Buy It Now 1 day
Signify by Porcupine Tree (CD, 1996, Delerium Records/Ark 21 Records, US) USD $8.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways (Ultra Rare Delerium White Inner Disc) USD $55.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree: Signify C&S Withdrawn CD USD $24.95 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE Manchester Academy FLYER UK 2006 A6 Card Black And White Flyer USD $6.42 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE Oxford Carling Academy/London Forum POSTER UK Repro Promo Tour USD $8.35 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE 53 Degrees Preston 20Th April 2007 TICKET UK 2007 Used Ticket USD $6.42 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE Deadwing CD Europe Lava 2005 9 Track (7567934372) USD $20.89 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991-1997 DOUBLE CD Europe Snapper USD $18.18 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE On The Sunday Of Life CD UK Snapper 2004 18 Track In Digi-Pak USD $11.43 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE Coma Divine DOUBLE CD Europe Kscope 2009 14 Track Double CD USD $18.18 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE - Signify / Insignificance By Porcupine Tree (2008-01-01) - CD VG USD $97.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree The Incident USA CD Album Box Set RR7857-8 ROADRUNNER 2009 USD $108.67 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing -Reissue (NEW CD) USD $13.17 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34 (NEW 2 VINYL LP) USD $30.85 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree Incident Deluxe Hq vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $48.82 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Shesmovedon (Special Limited Edition) (VERY RARE) "SMAXCD120" USD $55.00 Buy It Now 1 day
PORCUPINE TREE - Up Downstair By Porcupine Tree - CD - *Excellent Condition* USD $93.95 Buy It Now 1 day
2019 2x Concert Promo Poster JOHNNY MARR The Smiths+STEVEN WILSON Porcupine Tree USD $49.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Recordings CD New and sealed Kscope 134 digibook USD $25.71 [0 bids]
1 day
Nosound Afterthoughts (2xLP+CD and cloth bag) LIMITED EDITION PORCUPINE TREE USD $121.00 Buy It Now 1 day
No Man Only Baby UK Vinyl 12 Porcupine Tree Steven Wils USD $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree : Sky Moves Sideways CD USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Up the Downstair [CD] USD $11.54 Buy It Now 1 day
MEW And The Glass Handed Kites PROG TOCK, Efterklang, Porcupine Tree, Talk Talk USD $1.53 [1 bids]
1 day
live in atlanta PORCUPINE TREE 2 cd set BRAND NEW SEALED USD $83.01 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine [CD] USD $11.63 Buy It Now 1 day
Porcupine Tree - Metanoia CD USD $5.14 [5 bids]
1 day
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia LP Lava 2002 Steven Wilson VG+ to NM gatefold prog USD $50.00 [1 bids]
2 days
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing 2LP GOD009 2005 600 copies Steven Wilson  USD $300.00 [0 bids]
USD $450.00 Buy It Now
2 days
Porcupine Tree "Deadwing" CD 2018 Sealed [Steven Wilson Blackfield Bone Hand] USD $9.45 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree We Lost The Skyline CD Live In-Store EP - Steven Wilson USD $14.99 [1 bids]
2 days
Steven Wilson "Hand Cannot Erase" 2017 Digipak Sealed [Porcupine Tree To Bone] USD $9.58 Buy It Now 2 days
I AM THE MORNING MISCELLANY CD. LIMITED ED #108 OF 250. SIGNED. (PORCUPINE TREE) USD $19.99 [0 bids]
2 days
Stupid Dream [Slipcase] by Porcupine Tree. USD $19.26 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing LP USD $39.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree Deadwing NEW 2018 Kscope 2LP CLEAR VINYL EU Edition USD $89.90 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree Signify vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $45.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet CD Album (guests Lifeson, Fripp) USD $8.99 [0 bids]
2 days
PORCUPINE TREE Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape TEST PRESS LP ONLY A/B 1999 USD $250.00 Buy It Now 2 days
BLACKFIELD CLOUDY NOW ISRAELI PROMO CD STEVE WILSON AVIV GEFFEN PORCUPINE TREE USD $65.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun CD/DVD. KSCOPE102 USD $14.15 [0 bids]
2 days
I.E.M. Have Come For Your Children TEST PRESSING 2003 SIDES C/D PORCUPINE TREE!! USD $100.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $50.25 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree On The Sunday.. -Reissue- vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $44.51 Buy It Now 2 days
PORCUPINE TREE-COMA DIVINE VINYL LP NEW USD $49.29 Buy It Now 2 days
Porcupine Tree CD - Signify - Steven Wilson - 1996 US Ark 21 Original Release USD $7.00 [0 bids]
2 days
Progressive metal CD Lot(Dream Theater,Liquid Tension,Porcupine Tree) Free Ship! USD $35.00 [0 bids]
2 days
PORCUPINE TREE - UP THE DOWNSTAIR 2 x 180g LP LTD ED PURPLE VINYL NEW SEALED USD $41.09 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVEN WILSON (PORCUPINE TREE) - "AN EVENING WITH" UK TOUR 2018 (4xSHOW FLYERS) USD $1.92 [0 bids]
2 days
PORCUPINE TREE ON THE SUNDAY OF LIFE CD USD $2.57 [1 bids]
2 days
Octane Twisted by Porcupine Tree (CD, Nov-2012, 2 Discs, Kscope) NEW USD $12.74 Buy It Now 2 days
PORCUPINE TREE (STEVEN WILSON) - STARS DIE (THE DELIRIUM YEARS '91-97) 2CD 2002 USD $10.28 [0 bids]
2 days
Stars Die: The Delerium Years '91-97 by Porcupine Tree (CD, Mar-2002, 2... USD $9.00 [0 bids]
3 days
The Incident by Porcupine Tree (CD, Sep-2009, 2 Discs, Roadrunner Records) USD $7.00 [0 bids]
3 days
Porcupine Tree Fear Of A Blank Planet 2 LP 140 Gram Remastered Vinyl ROCK NEW USD $39.50 Buy It Now 3 days
Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree Genuine Signed & Numbered Lithograph - RARE! USD $192.89 [0 bids]
3 days
Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson): up the Downstair Vinyl 2 LP USD $31.56 Buy It Now 3 days
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip 2 LP 180 Gram Remastered Vinyl NEW USD $41.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Porcupine Tree Recordings vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $50.25 Buy It Now 3 days
PORCUPINE TREE On The Sunday Of Life ORIGINAL 1992 UK CD issue USD $89.00 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy PORCUPINE TREE music online Buy PORCUPINE TREE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

PORCUPINE TREE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

PORCUPINE TREE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.02 | 798 ratings
On The Sunday Of Life.....
1991
3.90 | 937 ratings
Up The Downstair
1993
4.06 | 1266 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995
3.83 | 1137 ratings
Signify
1996
3.98 | 1271 ratings
Stupid Dream
1999
4.03 | 1424 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
2000
4.24 | 2381 ratings
In Absentia
2002
4.10 | 1912 ratings
Deadwing
2005
4.25 | 2422 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007
3.67 | 1472 ratings
The Incident
2009

PORCUPINE TREE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.44 | 445 ratings
Coma Divine
1997
3.71 | 89 ratings
Spiral Circus Live (LP)
1997
3.69 | 141 ratings
XM
2003
3.38 | 16 ratings
Live in Poland
2003
3.93 | 307 ratings
Warszawa
2004
4.03 | 147 ratings
XMII
2005
4.22 | 166 ratings
Rockpalast
2005
4.47 | 198 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
3.44 | 238 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
2008
3.65 | 129 ratings
Ilosaarirock
2009
4.23 | 199 ratings
Atlanta
2010
3.56 | 201 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

PORCUPINE TREE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 525 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
4.66 | 546 ratings
Anesthetize
2010
4.15 | 80 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

PORCUPINE TREE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.57 | 120 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994
3.25 | 376 ratings
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
2000
4.19 | 370 ratings
Recordings
2001
4.22 | 260 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 -1997
2002
3.00 | 2 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 - Transmission 3.1
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 - Transmission 8.1
2008
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Delerium Years 1994 - 1997
2016
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Delerium Years 1991-1993
2017

PORCUPINE TREE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.47 | 65 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (K7)
1989
3.19 | 54 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini (K7)
1990
2.98 | 46 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory (K7)
1991
3.33 | 30 ratings
Radioactive E. P.
1992
3.72 | 115 ratings
Voyage 34
1992
2.91 | 55 ratings
Voyage 34 : Remixes
1993
3.30 | 68 ratings
Moonloop E.P.
1994
3.82 | 181 ratings
Staircase Infinities
1994
3.70 | 52 ratings
Waiting
1996
3.31 | 92 ratings
Insignificance (K7)
1997
4.04 | 34 ratings
Ambulance Chasers
1997
2.90 | 48 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
1999
2.90 | 51 ratings
Piano Lessons
1999
2.97 | 54 ratings
Pure Narcotic
1999
3.79 | 20 ratings
Coma Divine II
1999
4.00 | 36 ratings
Stars Die - Rare and Unreleased
1999
3.38 | 8 ratings
The Rest Will Flow
2000
3.08 | 65 ratings
4 Chords That Made A Million
2000
3.23 | 61 ratings
Shesmovedon
2000
3.99 | 109 ratings
Transmission IV
2001
2.97 | 214 ratings
Metanoia
2001
4.31 | 16 ratings
Blackest Eyes
2002
4.33 | 15 ratings
The Sound Of Muzak
2002
4.60 | 15 ratings
Trains
2003
3.59 | 35 ratings
Delerium EP
2003
3.46 | 149 ratings
Futile
2003
3.67 | 3 ratings
Men of Wood
2004
3.60 | 122 ratings
Lazarus
2005
3.67 | 12 ratings
Shallow
2005
3.55 | 11 ratings
So Called Friend
2006
3.89 | 9 ratings
Way Out Of Here
2007
3.91 | 11 ratings
Normal
2007
3.80 | 10 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet (Single)
2007
3.92 | 476 ratings
Nil Recurring
2007
2.94 | 7 ratings
Novak
2008
2.72 | 65 ratings
Time Flies
2009
3.96 | 68 ratings
Transmission 10.1 - Ilosaarirock
2009
3.86 | 7 ratings
Acoustic Session Jan 2010
2010

PORCUPINE TREE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Nil Recurring by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.92 | 476 ratings

BUY
Nil Recurring
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Glimpse

3 stars Porcupine Tree's sixth and final EP, Nil Recurring, was certainly a pleasant gift for many fans as it came out just a few months after the release of their fantastic album Fear of a Blank Planet in 2007. The EP featured four leftovers the band had piled up from the album's recording sessions as the group felt they would just bloat the record, resulting in Fear of a Blank Planet having a lot less fat on it than their previous albums. Ultimately, I would say it was a good thing these came out here rather than on the album itself, as this EP tends to be a bit of a mixed bag overall.

The EP begins with the title track, an instrumental piece featuring Robert Fripp. It's a pretty nice track, featuring the band's characteristic 2000s era heaviness with a few more psychedelic passages sprinkled in. However, unlike Fripp's feature in Fear of a Blank Planet, he brings a bit more to the table here as he actually sounds like Robert Fripp at times, especially towards the end of the track. Something that I could really appreciate, as if you are gonna bring someone on to feature on a track, it would be nice for them to actually bring something interesting to the party.

Then comes the second track on the album, Normal. This is the weakest track on the album, as it is just an early, bloated version of the track Sentimental. Nothing that happens here is really all that interesting. It also features some of Wilson's weakest vocal work that I have heard so far. Sure, Wilson has never been the most dynamic or compelling vocalist ever, but he usually does a much better job than he does here. Here he just sounds flat, like he is not really giving it his all, this is particularly noticeable in the "Sullen and bored the kids stay" section of the song as his vocals and harmonies here are just so hollow sounding. Really this track just makes me appreciate the Sentimental we got on the album a lot more, as it expresses the ideas found here much better with a shorter run time.

Next up to bat is Cheating the Polygraph, away from the dull Normal and back to heavy goodness. This is pretty standard Porcupine Tree fare, a moderate length track with plenty of heaviness and a bit of a quieter break about 2/3rds of the way in featuring keyboard and effects work. Really nothing all that special here, but it is still a solid track nonetheless, not much for me to say here.

Of course, the group saves the best for last with the track What Happens Now? It is not a very heavy track, instead the heaviness takes a backseat to the more electronic sounds and psychedelic effects throughout the track. It feels somewhat like a throwback to Wilson's earlier work with the group, and overall it is a pretty nice track. Probably the only track on this EP that I could legitimately see myself coming back and listening to casually.

Nil Recurring all-around is hardly anything spectacular, but being a collection of leftovers, that was probably not what the group was shooting for with this release. Sure there are interesting moments, but it is not really hard to see why most of this material didn't make the cut. I would give this anywhere between a two or three, but I feel like overall it is good enough to earn a three. Though it should be noted that if you are interested in listening to these tracks, there are plenty of newer editions of Fear of a Blank Planet that feature these tracks along with the regular track listing, so if you want to listen to these tracks that would probably be your best route rather than buying an individual EP just for these tracks. Unless you are a collector or already have it, there is not really much point in buying this release on its own anymore.

 Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 - Transmission 8.1 by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
3.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 - Transmission 8.1
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is the second Porcupine Tree Sampler (this one dated 2008), and like the previous one released in 2005, this one contains tracks collected from various solo projects and non-PT projects that the members of the band were involved in during the time. Also, just like the previous sampler, the music does not resemble that of PT very much, and it was released to give some exposure to the other projects that Richard Barbieri, Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison and Colin Edwin were involved with.

The sampler starts off with Richard Barbieri with a track called 'Hypnotek' from his solo album 'Stranger Inside'. This is a nice electronic based track with processed piano, a driving beat and a mysterious feel. What sounds like some heavy guitar effects come in later and some added intensity keeps the track dynamic. Throw in some indiscernible vocal loops and you've got an interesting track. 'Red Square' follows this from his solo album 'Things Buried'. This one has Tangerine Dream style synths with some cool bass effects. Some lovely piano is added in later.

Colin Edwin is represented by three tracks by his project called 'Ex-wise Heads'. The first track is 'Harmonic Chain' from the album 'Holding Up the Sky'. Percussion and a funky bass provide the back drop to this interesting track that features nice effects along with a flute. 'Another Spark' is a track from the album 'Liquid Assets'. This one has some jazz leanings with light percussion. It is driven more by the bass at first, but a sax has the main spotlight on this one. Later, a tricky flute solo takes over. Next is 'Exit Strategy' which has a more tribal, or world, flavor to it, driven by percussion and bass.

Gavin Harrison is the next featured musician. 'Sailing' is a tricky progressive jazz tune with some lounge-y vocals that I don't care for. 'Sometime' follows this with a similar sounding track. These tracks do little to show Harrison's talent as they are not very interesting.

Steven Wilson is highlighted with the next 3 tracks. The first is from his project with Tim Bowness called 'No-man'. The track is the lovely 'Truenorth' sung with Bowness' airy vocals that comes from the excellent album 'Schoolyard Ghosts'. It is an edited version of the track, the original was over 12 minutes. This is a beautiful, lush track. Next is 'Get All You Deserve' from Steven Wilson's solo album 'Insurgentes'. It features Wilson's vulnerable vocals against a minimalist piano. This later intensifies when heavy guitar arpeggios are introduced. At four minutes, drums come crashing in as tension builds through the track until it becomes quite noisy at the end. The last track is from SW's solo experimental and electronic project 'Bass Communion'. The track is called 'Glacial 1602' from the album 'Molotov and Haze'. The track is edited from 13:10 to 9:03 with some of the most prolonged ambience cut out. Even so, the music is minimal, yet beautiful. Effects seems to be processed guitar and probably synths.

Just like the previous sampler, this is a good way to try out the other projects that the musicians from PT were involved in to see if you would want to explore them more. The tracks are all great this time, except for Harrison's which is kind of surprising. However, as can be expected from samplers, the music is varied and works better when presented on a full album. At any rate, you can still get a good idea from these tracks as to what to expect. These samplers were my gateway into the further exploits of both Wilson and Barbieri as I love most of their projects, especially 'No-man' and 'Bass Communion'.

 Transmission IV by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.99 | 109 ratings

BUY
Transmission IV
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This recording was originally a limited release sent out to PT newsletter subscribers. Since then, it has been released on other recordings like "The Sky Moves Sideways" album, but in edited versions. This was the only way to get the unedited, 40 minute improvised track, which is a spacey and psychedelic musical voyage that really works well as trippy music or background music. Since 2001, it has been reissued a few times, because PT fans demand to have access to everything they record.

The band line up had not been completely established yet and SW plays most of the instruments on this recording. By this time, however, Colin Edwin had joined him on bass and would become a long-time member of the band. Chris Maitland, the early drummer for the band was also providing most of the percussion. Another guest percussionist for the recording is Rick Edwards and the harmonica is provided by another guest Markus Butler.

This album is not going to be appealing to everyone because it is 40 minutes of mostly floating music without anything like a melody. It is actually completely instrumental, except for some field recordings that begin around 15 minutes in. It is broken up into sections which can go on for many minutes before changing. Each section develops until it reaches it's desired sound and groove and continues on with improvised keys and guitar and sometimes with other instruments. The first section gets it's groove, then with a bass and drum foundation, SW improvises atmospheric sounds on the guitar with embellishments from the keyboards. This lasts for 15 minutes, and is quite repetitive if you only pay attention to the foundation of the improvisation. At this point, things get somewhat ambient as the main sounds are conversations from what sounds like a lunar landing while the instruments provide background. This continues for a while, then the music builds another foundation over which more improvisation develops. This time, there is a nice harmonica joining the music provided by Markus Butler. That will continue until 25 minutes in and then things start to get a bit more pensive as a spacey organ takes over the spotlight and bongos are added into the percussion. All the while, the spotlight instruments don't really stand out as solo instruments as much as they are simply a layer to the entire production. Around 29 minutes, the rhythm breaks down as things get psychedelic with birds chirping and other effects and some floating synths.

The last 10 minutes is the best part of the album. It takes a bit longer to build from the bit of ambience that takes over here, but soon drums and bass start establishing a pattern. Now you will start to hear SW fade in a more riveting and intense guitar as keys push him forward. This is where things get exciting as you feel it build a very heavy and fast beat and SW starts to play a blistering solo. The heaviness continues until 35 minutes, when everything drops out except for atmospheric keys and guitar that plays a floating and minimal psychedelia until the end at 40 minutes.

At first listen, this might be too unstructured for most listeners, but the more you listen, the more you start to pick up and realize that this can be divided up into sections of continual music. As a psychedelic, Space Rock style recording, it is an excellent album and is one that you can easily get lost in. But as far as being melodic, it is not at all, at least in any kind of song structure, as it is mostly improvised. I have to be in the right mood to listen to it, but as far as background music, it never fails to satisfy. As far as comparison to the other epic early psychedelic PT works, I prefer "The Sky Move Sideways" more than this one or "Voyage 34", but this one is still quite good as far as trippy psychedelic music goes. It will probably appeal more to Space Rock lovers and PT fans more than anyone else.

 Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 - Transmission 3.1 by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
3.00 | 2 ratings

BUY
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 - Transmission 3.1
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The 'Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005' is not a collection of Porcupine Tree music, however it is a collection of tracks from various projects, both solo and group projects, from the individual members of the band. This collection was made for PT fans to introduce them to other projects that the band members were involved in, and it really doesn't sound anything like Porcupine Tree music for the most part. So, the first thing you need to do before listening to this collection would be to clear your head of any PT expectations.

The first 4 tracks on this collection are from Richard Barbieri's solo projects. Since Barbieri is PT's keyboardist, what you can expect is some electronic style music. The first two tracks, 'Drops of Mercury' and 'Medication Time' are from his solo electronic album 'Things Buried'. They are both quite beautiful tracks but have computerized percussion, but it is fairly minimal, so it's not too annoying. The electronic music on those tracks however, is quite interesting and dynamic, with more complexity than you might expect. The next two tracks, 'Sun Trap' and 'Everything Ends in Darkness' from the album 'Stone to Flesh' are taken from a collaborative effort Barbieri did with Steve Jansen, who he was a band mate with in the 80's band 'Japan'. I find both of these tracks less interesting. There are more drum loops involved and the tracks are more repetitive with very little development across both 9 minutes and 7 minutes respectively.

Colin Edwin, bassist, is the next featured PT musician. The next 3 tracks feature two different groups that he played for. First off, we get a track from 'Ex-Wise Heads' from the album 'Time and Emotion Study' called 'Don't Walk in My Baboushes'. This track is a decent rock/jazz fusion track with a lot of tribal percussion. Following this is a track called 'Demeath' from the band 'Random Noise Generator' from the album of the same name. This features a hard rap against synths and etc with heavy guitar riffs, bass and drums during the choruses. This is the first track with any vocals. 'Hydrahead' comes next and is another 'Ex-Wise Heads' track, again from the same album as before. It has an Israeli vibe to it with some traditional sounding instruments.

Gavin Harrison is the drummer for PT and also for 'King Crimson' and 'Pineapple Thief' currently. The next 2 tracks feature his solo project. The first track is 'Aim' from 'Sanity & Gravity'. This track is more of a jazz influenced track mostly driven by keyboards with some progressive quirkiness. It features an electronic wind instrument and a Sarangi plus a cool, squeaky trumpet solo. 'Witness (for Bobby)' is also from the same album. It is also along the same lines as the previous track, but this time is a slow, ballad-like track with airy, wordless vocals. It tends to meander a little too much.

The last 4 tracks center on 4 different Steven Wilson projects. 'Returning Jesus' is from the album of the same name by 'No- man'. It features Tim Bowness' excellent vocals and is a beautiful track from that band. The foundation consists of some strange tonal/percussive sounds and atmospheric synths later joined by Wilson's guitar stylings. Next is 'Arcadia Son' from the album of the same name by the experimental krautrock project 'I.E.M.'. This track is similar to the early PT sound with psychedelic improvisation featuring a flute and a repeating bass/drum line along with atmospherics. Later, it is all joined with heavy guitar improvisation. SW's collaboration with Aviv Geffin called 'Blackfield' is represented by the song 'Hello' from the self-titled album. This one is more PT-like out of all the projects represented on this sampler. It has that dark, yet lovely style that this project is famous for, but a bit more commercial than PT. Vocals from both Steven and Aviv are featured on this track. Last of all, SW's solo electronic/ambient project 'Bass Communion' is represented with 'Ghosts on Magnetic Tape, Part II'. This is a very ambient track that is quite representative of the electronic style of the project where source material taken from several sources is manipulated into some interesting soundscapes. It is not melodic, but it is very atmospheric and experimental.

This is a good way to explore the many different styles and sounds of the members of Porcupine Tree to see if there are other projects that you might be interested in. The collection itself has quite a variety of styles on it, which gives it the typical various artist type of feel. Any listener will be sure to find something they like from this collection that they would want to explore further, but will also probably find something else that they don't care for. But that is the risk you take with a collection like this. The selections are great as far as progressive rock fans are concerned and an open mind will definitely help while listening to this. Other than being an introduction to these projects, the entire album really serves no other purpose. But it is great as an intro, so it gets 3 stars.

 Lightbulb Sun by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.03 | 1424 ratings

BUY
Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Kempokid

3 stars Porcupine Tree's sixth album further removes itself from the psychedelia of their early work, continuing from where their previous album 'Stupid Dream' left off, further incorporating alternative rock/pop into their sound. At this point, there is very little prog in most of the tracks, with only a select few having any major semblance to it at all. Despite the much simpler nature of the album, I can quite easily say that it is a much more cohesive, enjoyable record when put up against 'Stupid Dream', with many songs either being extremely emotional and powerful, and even the less impressive ones being extremely beautiful, largely due to the incredible production giving everything a lovely sound, being quite subtle and quiet through the majority of the length, working perfectly with the tone of the album.

The album has 4 definite highlights to it, with almost all the remaining songs sounding extremely similar, which would work as a major detriment if not for the clever tracklisting, spreading these throughout the album, meaning that there is never a long period of time where you're listening to filler, and always have a track to look forward to, especially given that the majority of the filler tracks are on the shorter side. Despite saying this, having these filler tracks still undoubtedly works significantly against the album, but the 4 highlights make up for quite a bit of this in my opinion, being some of Porcupine Tree's finest compositions. The title track is a great way to open the album, with lovely acoustic guitars and Steven Wilson's emotional vocals. This track has an excellent chorus and good progression all the way through, making the most out of a simple structure, and perfectly encapsulating the core sound that will be presented. 'Shesmovedon' is the next major highlight, and possibly the best song on the album, with excellent interplay between all the instruments, escalating as it goes on, with the vocals becoming more despondent and desperate sounding, being extremely impactful once the distortion gets used. After this is one of the best guitar solos from Porcupine Tree doing what any great guitar solo does and being able to convey emotion along with technical skill. 'Hatesong' is the heaviest song on the album for sure, starting off quietly, but with a definite feeling that something is building up, especially with the bassline, which has a foreboding edge to it. This continues for a while before the electric guitar comes in, making the song far louder and heavier, before the further increasing in intensity during the second half. 'Russia on Ice' has almost exactly the same basic structure of having the first half being quiet before building in every way, but has is even more defined, having the first half be a slow, despondant ballad with barely any moments of crescendo at all, before hitting the halfway point and continuously adding new elements to a basic riff that sounds excellent, with the song ending with each instrument being played incredibly, with particular mention to the great drums fills. This is definitely the other song that is possibly the best on the album.

Almost all the rest of the tracjs sound extremely similar, being quiet ballads that follow a very basic structure, especially 'The Rest Will Flow', 'Where We Would Be' and 'How is Your Life Today?' which while having slightly different style in sections, are very unmemorable and provide me with the same general feeling of apathy, particularly 'Where We Would Be' which I find quite annoying. The worst song on the album for me is undoubtedly 'Four Chords That Made A Million', being abrasive in all the wrong ways, coming across as unpleasant in an album full of beauty, with everything instead being straight up aggravating here. The unfortunate case is that while these songs may sound nice, they also feel unnecessary to have so many filler tracks, especially when the highlights clearly show what the band is capable of.

Overall, this more refined alternative rock approach continued from 'Stupid Dream' proves itself to be quite worthy in many ways, with the production being exquisite as always with Porcupine Tree, and the sound being more coherent than it has been since 'Up the Downstair'. Despite this, the weaker tracks bring the album down quite a lot, as the experience is quite uneven, especially considering how high some of the highs are on this album. Great album all around, but not an essential one by any means.

Best Tracks: Lightbulb Sun, Shesmovedon, Hatesong, Russia on Ice

Weakest Tracks: Where We Would Be, Four Chords that Made A Million

Verdict: An easy to listen to album that is pretty decent, albeit can sometimes become quite boring due to filler. Don't come into this expecting a masterpiece of prog, or much prog at all for that matter. I'd recommend it if you enjoy the alternative pop/rock sound that this album has, but not for those who much prefer their music to be of the heavier variety.

 Stupid Dream by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.98 | 1271 ratings

BUY
Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A very delightful Porcupine Tree travel into their most pop side!

After the bit disjointed and irregular Signify, which is nonetheless a fine album, Steven Wilson produced this record with their habitual band members, the same since The Sky Moves Sideways sessions. The sound is so wonderful as ever, with an even cleaner guitar sound, splendid bass and drums and an outstanding and very ambient work on keyboards by Barbieri.

The signwriting direction of Stupid Dream is also more concise, contained and song oriented, forgetting a bit the long instrumental sections of The Sky Moves Sideways and the experimentation and boring psychedelic elements of Signify. And although the prog is still here, the best side of Stupid Dream are the shorter, catchy and very well written poppier songs, which are among the best that Steven Wilson wrote under the name of Porcupine Tree.

Best Tracks: Even Less (a true classic with wonderful guitar melodies and strong riffs towards the end), the pop-prog marvellous songs Piano Lessons, Pure Narcotic, This is No Rehearsal and Stranger By the Minute, and the great instrumental work on Slave Called Shiver and Tinto Brass.

Conclusion: maybe for the most radical prog purists Stupid Dream is too simple and pop oriented, but I find this album tremendously charming and just like In Absentia, it has the perfect mixture between accessibility and complexity.

So Stupid Dream is definitely in my top five Porcupine Tree studio albums and I consider It a true classic of the 90's.

My rating: ****

 Signify by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.83 | 1137 ratings

BUY
Signify
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Fourth album of Steve Wilson's Porcupine Tree!

And for the first time recorded entirely as a consolidated and established band, because the three previous albums were essentially solo projects with some help of other musicians. The production also ran in charge of Steven Wilson himself and is fantastic, along with the playing of all the band members.

Sadly, I find this album a bit more inconsistent than Up the Downstairs and The Sky Moves Sideways mainly because it contains too many filler tracks and too much ambient and repetitive music for my taste. Tracks like Bornlivedie and Pagan are directly forgettable, while others like Waiting Phase 2 and Intermediate Jesus lack the strength and dynamics of the best parts of the album.

Best tracks: Signify (typical Porcupine Tree's groovy riffs), Waiting Phase 1 (pop melodies and great psychedelic sounding guitars), Sever (dark and intense) and Dark Matter (my favourite of the album, very diverse and deep)

Conclusion: despite its flaws, I think that Signify was a step in the right direction for Porcupine Tree. It contains four or five classics of the band, the production is crystal clear and the chemistry between the band members is also remarkable. And most important, this album proved that this band was here to stay.

Sadly, Signify also has too many inconsistent moments to be considered excellent, but it is nevertheless a worthy addition to any prog music collection if you like Steven Wilson's style.

My rating: ***

 The Sky Moves Sideways by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.06 | 1266 ratings

BUY
The Sky Moves Sideways
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a brief review about the 2004 remastered version of The Sky Moves Sideways, from the much-missed Porcupine Tree!

And this was a very important album for Steven Wilson, because it supposed the transition from a solo project to a full time band which would make progressive music even bigger through the 90's and 00's. Because despite having recorded two songs on his own (Dislocated Day and The Moon Touches Your Shoulder) in this record he had the collaboration of all the musicians which made the first official line-up of Porcupine Tree: Colin Edwin on bass, Richard Barbieri on keyboards and Chris Maitland on drums.

And what can I say about the music? The Sky Moves Sideways was in my opinion a personal homage from Steven Wilson to their beloved Pink Floyd. The album has an structure similar to Wish You Were Here and despite having some similarities with Up The Downstairs, this record is much more psychedelic and space rock oriented, specially in the two marvelous long sections and the classic Stars Die, which are also the best songs of the album, mixed with the typical groovy and heavy riffs of the band.

The result is a truly excellent piece of work!

Best Tracks: The Sky Moves Sideways (I especially like the alternative version, which is 34 minutes long!), Stars Die and the coda of Moonloop.

Conclusion: despite a pair of forgettable pieces (Prepare Yourself and the improvised part of Moonloop) and the fact that is clearly a transition album, The Sky Moves Sideways is an excellent example of the best psychedelic-space rock imaginable.

Moreover, it served as the start of one of the most important band in prog in the last decades.

My rating: ****

 Up The Downstair by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.90 | 937 ratings

BUY
Up The Downstair
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Up the Downstair" is the 2nd official studio full LP release from Porcupine Tree, or in reality, it was mostly all Steven Wilson. It is a vast improvement from the debut album "On the Sunday of Life" because that album was a culmination of prior tracks from demo sessions and the like. This one is so much better produced and the songs are so much more mature.

This album was originally supposed to be a double album which was to include "Voyage 34", a psychedelic mostly instrumental track which was to take up the entire 2nd disc. It was decided to leave that track off, however, it was released separately after. In my opinion, adding that disc-long track would have taken away from this album. The album has been re- mastered a few times. In 2004, the electronic drums from the original recordings were removed and Gavin Harris, who would later become the full time drummer for the band, completely redid the drums, and this improved the overall sound immensely.

As I said earlier, Steven Wilson performed almost all of the instruments on this release. The only exceptions are on "Always Never" where the bass is performed by future member Colin Edwin and the electronics on "Up the Downstair" which is performed by future member Richard Barbieri. Also, if you get the 2004 edition, which I suggest, then Gavin Harris performs all of the drums. Alan Duffy, who worked with Wilson several times before this album, also co-wrote several of the tracks.

After the short psychedelic introduction of "What You Are Listening To?" you immediately hear the great improvement on "Synesthesia". Wilson's vocals have improved and so has the overall sound in this upbeat track which is somewhat similar to a Pink Floyd vibe. You will hear that influence, along with some Ozric Tentacles influence throughout this album. There is a lot of keyboard and electronics, but there is also a lot more excellent guitar solos on this album. It also retains a lot of the psychedelic feel of the debut album, but it sounds so much better and current. Another short transition track follows and then we get the excellent "Always Never" which continues with this excellent music and features another great guitar solo.

"Up the Downstair" is a 10 minute instrumental. You hear shades of that psychedelic sound that you hear in "Voyage 34" and "The Sky Moves Sideways", but in a much more condensed form, and this track also moves along at a much better pace. The guitar riffs in this, which interrupt the floating keyboard passages a few times, are simply awesome. This is an excellent track reminiscent of Ozric Tentacles with a little Rush mixed in. This is one of the best rock instrumentals ever.

"Not Beautiful Anymore" is a shorter track which features a field recording of a female talking about feelings of ecstasy, then a heavy riff kicks in. Again, we get another driving instrumental driven by guitar with layers of dreamy electronics. You also get that space rock feel from this one like the last track. This flows into a very short psychedelic track called "Siren", which in turn takes us into "Small Fish", a slower and atmospheric track with Wilson's layered vocals which have the feel of psychedelic folk. This one is probably more like the songs on the previous album, but, again, so much better and a beautiful Floydian guitar solo. We then segue into "Burning Sky", another long 11+ minute instrumental track that starts off with eerie keyboards for a while and then a fast, repeating guitar riff kicks in joined later by spacey keyboards, again somewhere between PF, Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles. Great guitar work mixed with electronics with some heavier sections. Around 4:30, things quiet down to a ticking clock, breathing and ambient and atmospheric instruments. Just after 7 minutes, things suddenly kick back into high gear again with the repeating riff returning. A minute later, things go to a mid tempo melodic guitar solo, then it's back to the heavy section again, this time intensity increases until it climaxes into a few power chords and percussion and then goes ambient again until the end.

This all fades into the last track appropriately titled "Fadeaway" which starts with atmospheric keyboards, the a slow rhythm and strummed guitar chords. It floats along until another guitar solo takes over, and then Wilson's vocals start again.

This is an excellent album, very much improved over the previous album, and completely reminiscent of space rock and psychedelia of the 70s, but with a crisp and clear production that makes it all sound up to date. It's hard to believe most of the music is performed by Wilson on this album as it sounds so well done. Of course, the band would form not long after this, and many of these tracks were always current in Porcupine Tree's concert set list. Even though this one fell between their lesser debut album and "Voyage 34", it is a much better album than either one of them. It is definitely an essential album in the Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson discography and in any progressive library. While it's true it is not as heavy as their later albums, it is still very space rock oriented with influences from the bands I have mentioned before. When Wilson put these songs together, he said he didn't care how close to his influences he sounded, he just knew it sounded good. And it does. This is definitely an exceptional 5 star album.

 Signify by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.83 | 1137 ratings

BUY
Signify
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars PORCUPINE TREE's fourth album SIGNIFY displayed the perfect title upon its release for it really did declare that the project that had begun as a joke and had developed into a bona fide solo project of Steven Wilson that continued to gain steam and popularity and to his surprise an amazingly successful career. With a three album run of twisting and teasing Pink Floyd inspired psychedelic space rock and electronic experiments that culminated with the extraordinary "The Sky Moves Sideways," it became apparent that the next step was to incorporate the session musicians who performed on these albums and turn the project into a bona fide band that delivers a distinct band sound that would be supported by touring and audience interaction.

With the official band member status of Richard Barbieri (piano, synth, tapes, sequencers), Colin Edwin (bass) and Chris Mailand (drums, percussion), main man STEVEN WILSON found a new wellspring of creativity which allowed the band to expand beyond the simply tagged psychedelic space rock that dictated the feel of the first trilogy of albums. SIGNIFY is the transition album that didn't jettison what came before but rather married it with a larger palette of musical ideas. The compositions first and foremost became more cohesive with more traditional song structures that were obviously designed to sound more commercial than the free for all psychedelic meandering of the past although certain tracks on SIGNIFY do allow for the same experimentation as those albums.

Perhaps the most startling contrast are the more rock oriented guitar hooks which comes into full prominence on the introductory title track which is a more heavy rock rendition of the Neu! track "Hallgallo" from their 1972 Krautrock classic debut. While the title track rocks out and points to the future, the second track "Sleep Of No Dreaming" seems to get cold feet and point back to the past with a more sedated chilled out feel however it simultaneously shows another direction in conjunct with the heavy rockers. It finds Wilson creating a more lyric centric form of songwriting which displays his tender carefully uttered vocals with the fullest implementation of production value allowed by law. The addition of softer passages that utilize acoustic guitar and dream atmospheric background sweeps would be another major deviation from the psychedelic space rock years.

Many of the tracks on SIGNIFY were actually demos for previous albums but were sitting idle in the backroom and dusted off and rebranded for the new PORCUPINE TREE. Wilson explained that the bass and percussion parts were re-recorded by the now permanent members and they were given liberties to add their personal touches which allowed the full band effect to come to fruition. Colin Edwin contributed many interesting bass lines as well as a stellar double bass run on "Sleep Of No Dreaming." While the albums would continue to get more into the rock scheme of things on SIGNIFY, there are still experimental electronic ambient sections such as "Waiting Phase One" which display the nebulous sound squigglies as heard on the earliest of albums but "Waiting Phase Two" clearly demonstrates the new PORCUPINE TREE with gently strummed acoustic guitars, a soulful Steven Wilson singing his heart out with softened percussion and interesting verse / chorus changes.

Much of the psychedelic holdover was due to the fact that the band recorded this album during the tour of "The Sky Moves Sideways" and the process of switching gears sounds like it was happening organically rather than a forced escapade into the harder rocking world. One could say that these are cleverly crafted pop songs in prog clothing as the basic song structures are actually quite simple but Wilson has always had a gift for milking the potential out of any three chord strum along with outstanding production ingenuity and his unique stamps such as his guitar solos and counterpoints. Tribal rhythms are implemented at times which offer an interesting contrast to traditional rock drumming norms.

Despite not being a solo album, SIGNIFY was recorded as such. Wilson recorded much of the album as a solo project the way he envisioned it and then let the other band members re-record their respective parts separately which basically saw a finished product shift gears one instrumental part at a time until the final product emerged. Even after the album had been released Wilson was never happy and remastered all the original albums to create an even crisper and clearer listening experience. While SIGNIFY is dominated by many sing along type songs, there are plenty of simple zone out moments when the pop rock cedes into space rock and the vocals take a breather and let the instrumental and electronic sections cast their mesmerizing spells.

SIGNIFY is in effect project #1 of the Phase Two era of PORCUPINE TREE which would include the following "Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun," a trilogy of albums that equally merged the hard rock potential of the future with the earliest psychedelic space rock sensibilities. PORCUPINE TREE has been nothing but consistent in their output over their career and SIGNIFY is no exception. An excellent slice of Mr. Wilson's unique progressive rock outlook with strong catchy hooks that evolve into solid compositions that implemented lyrics concerned about late 90s issues and the addition of those atmospheric emotional tugs and interesting sound effects that allowed the perfect chilled out progressive rock experience. While i find this style would peak on "Lightbulb Sun," SIGNIFY is quite the solid release with tracks like "Sever" providing catchy ear worms and a throw back to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" to boot.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives