Steven Wilson’s newest album, The Future Bites, has a tracklist and a tentative release date of June 12, 2020. We discuss our thoughts on the latest single, “Personal Shopper”.
I first started listening to Porcupine Tree in the late 90s. So, a lot of my thoughts on Steven Wilson are based around my first exposure- Stupid Dream, no-man, the Voyage 34 era stuff. I find that a lot of people who started getting into Steven Wilson via Porcupine Tree post In Absentia feel like his pivoting towards pop is a huge departure. To me, it’s a sort of a coalescing of his influences over the years. Steven Wilson hasn’t really ever stopped writing pop songs- even when he was releasing brooding progressive metal, he was still writing pop songs with Blackfield. So this track doesn’t feel like a new version of Steven to me- it sounds more like a natural direction for his artistic growth and evolution.
I listened to this track 3-4 times this morning, and it’s grown on me. I especially like the chorus, with the lush, produced, Wilson-esque harmonies (the “Consumer of life…” part). I also think it’s been marketed particularly well, with a clever marketing campaign. Having Elton John on the track, to me, is a fun addition. It’s not my favorite single I’ve heard from Steven, but I think it’s a bold choice: a nine minute synth pop track (which appears to be the longest track on the album)as the lead single is pretty daring. To sum it up: It’s interesting and catchy, but not completely novel, which is fine for folks like me who have been a fan of Steven’s various projects over the years and are more used to him in a pop context. I am wondering whether this track will be representative of the rest of the album- I’ll wait around with everyone else and see.
Listened to it. I don’t dislike it. I’ve never been a fan of Steven Wilson constantly singing high notes, but the track itself is fine. Very synth pop, like the latest no-man album Love You To Bits. I guess Steven Wilson is trying to expand his boundaries in music and not trying to give in to “what fans want”. I think this album will be dedicated to today’s “absurd” society standards.
I’m not a big synth-pop guy, and while I think western commercialism is a rich field to plow, I’ve heard it done better. Didn’t love it.
It reminds me a lot of early PT tracks like “Synesthesia” but with a more modern message. I really enjoyed it. The production is fantastic too. Listening in really good headphones is a very rewarding experience with this track.
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