When someone says “What do you think about Steven Wilson’s solo albums?”, you will probably hear conversations about the albums Hand.Cannot.Erase, Grace For Drowning, or The Raven That Refused To Sing… But, there’s also another solo album from sir Wilson, named Insurgentes. His first “sort of” solo album, that was released a year before Porcupine Tree’s last album The Incident, which is the year 2008.
This album (EP, actually) is named 4 ½ because it is an ‘interim release’ between Steven Wilson’s fourth album Hand.Cannot.Erase and his upcoming fifth studio album. It contains songs that didn’t make it on the Hand.Cannot.Erase album which was released in 2015, plus a song that was meant for the album The Raven That Refused To Sing. A lot of members who were involved with Wilson’s solo band over the years are contributing on the album; Adam Holzman (keyboards/piano), Nick Beggs (bass/chapman stick), Guthrie Govan (guitars), Dave Kilminster (guitars), Craig Blundell (drums & percussion), Marco Minnemann (drums & percussion), Chad Wackerman (drums & percussion), and Theo Travis (flute/saxophone). It’s 37 minutes long, it could almost go for a full album.
Since this year I also translate some of my latest interviews in Dutch, which you can read on Progpraat.com! Go check it out:
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Uhm… Top 10 you say? Well, it’s not actually a top 10. While I was making this list it became a top 5 with 5 other albums in random order because it’s so hard to choose which album should be on ‘a certain place in the list’.
Interview with Theo Travis, HeKz, The Aristocrats and IQ!
Soft Machine are a well-known progressive rock/fusion/jazz rock band, which had many line-up changes over the years. The most recent line-up consists of the following members: Roy Babbington on bass guitar, John Etheridge on guitar, Theo Travis on saxophone, flute and piano and John Marshall on drums. I had the honour to interview Theo right before the gig, you can listen to the interview here. The current line-up used the name Soft Machine Legacy, but since this year the band dropped the word ‘Legacy’ and are continuing their work and performances with the original name. Due to illness, John Marshall was unable to tour with the band. Luckily the band found a good replacement drummer, named Nic France. I’ve never seen Soft Machine perform live and don’t know what to expect at all. Would they be playing old material, or only their most recent work? The Dutch fusion/jazz rock band Satisfaction Injection had the honour to play before Soft Machine was going to perform.
It’s almost Christmas, and I guess you’re busy wrapping your family and visiting the presents… Uuuh, wait, hold on, my bad… I guess you’re busy visiting your family and wrapping the presents! Anyway, I have something very special for you! This upcoming Purple Flower show contains not one, not two, not three… But FOUR interviews! During this show you will hear the interviews I had with Theo Travis, HeKz, The Aristocrats and IQ! You don’t want to miss this!
Show starts at 9 PM Central European Time – 8 PM UK Time – 3 PM Eastern Time – 12 PM Pacific Time
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No, I did not miss the bus**, I’m just writing this blog post while I’m busy with writing a review for Background Magazine and replying on emails. This is just one of those days that you want to accomplish a lot, but somehow it doesn’t work out at all… Anyway, I’m glad that I have some great news to share with you guys!