Porcupine Tree is a progressive rock band, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the days of Pink Floyd. The band is largely the creative inspiration of front man Steve Wilson, who has been so prolific that his creative output is simply too much for just one band. His musical projects include No-Man, Bass Communion, a collaboration with Israeli rocker, Aviv Geffen, in the band Blackfield, as well as a solo identity and producer of other musical projects like Opeth.
I hail from the Pink Floyd generation, and consider myself a loyal fan, but Porcupine Tree is every bit as exciting, talented, musically fresh and satisfying, as Pink Floyd were at the peak of their creativity (Dark Side of the Moon). Understand that Porcupine Tree is not a Pink Floyd cutout or cover band, because nothing could be further from the truth. Let me tell you something about Porcupine Tree, and in particular, Steve Wilson. His (their) music is branded with Wilson’s distinct flavor which includes a noticeable angst about where the world is today, use of distinctive minor chords and progressions, and a certain musical “je ne sais quoi” that identify Porcupine Tree and Steve Wilson’s other projects as a singular musical personality.
Wilson has a predisposition for long tracks, instrumentals, the creative use of synthesizers, equal emphasis on guitar and keyboard work, sampling, and mildly disturbing yet mesmerizing and ironic lyricism.
I highly recommend most of Porcupine Trees albums but especially Signify, In Absentia, Up the Downstair, and Warszawa. My favorite tracks are: Even Less, Burning Sky, The Sound of Muzak, Rainy Taxi, Stop Swimming, Trains, and Hatesong. Oh hell, there isn’t much I don’t like by Porcupine Tree. Please check them out. And do check out Wilson’s other projects, especially the band Blackfield.