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Porcupine Tree


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Tristan Mulders
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4 stars Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring

It sometimes makes you wonder, doesn't it? Exactly what makes a band decide to drop a song from their full length album? This EP is in a way a bit like the whole of the Recordings CD. It's not an official full-length album, but to call it mere 'leftovers' doesn't do the music right.

Nil Recurring was first released months after the Fear of a blank Planet album, and it is in a way a clear continuation of that album. I'm not per se referring to the fact that this EP features an excellent companion piece to the song Sentimental, but more in general, I feel like these four songs could fit on the original album perfectly. What am I saying... What happens now? might be one of the best Porcupine Tree songs I've heard as a fun!

Musicwise this EP shows a continuation of mainly the last two albums. There's the familiar use of heavy guitar riffing, but this EP also uses various electronica elements from time to time. I am not only referring to the guest performance by Robert Fripp, but there's a general use of subtle electronic elements, as for instance in the closing track. In this song you hear simple, repetitive electronic melodies, which work perfectly for the built-up in this song.

Problem with this CD at the beginning was that it sold out rather quickly. Luckily for fans of Porcupine Tree's music, the EP is being rereleased in a short while, with the only change that it is presented in a jewel case packaging instead of the digipack version the first edition came in. I, myself, was lucky enough to manage to purchase the Japanese version of this EP, and this version even offers a bonus track in the form of the edit version of the Fear of a blank Planet title track.

Nil Recurring is a typical Porcupine Tree band effort, occasionally showing a bit more folky and electronic side to the band, but mainly seeing the band continuing on the laid out path of dark and brooding hard rock... Yes, it's as out of this world as ever, but with a punch!

Tristan Mulders | 4/5 |


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