|Porcupine Tree: Gavin Harrison, Steven Wilson, Colin Edwin, Richard Barbieri|
Here's a by-the-numbers guide to growing your very own Porcupine Tree catalogue. (And yes, I know Blender magazine used to do articles like this but they folded, so there.)
In Absentia: The album that started to break the band in the United States. Gavin Harrison adds a much needed percussive kick.
Deadwing: The first of a trio of concept albums, this is the soundtrack for a film that has not been made yet.
Stupid Dream: A watershed. Steven Wilson learns how to write psychedelic pop songs with thick, grabby hooks.
The Incident: The band's current effort, another ambitious concept based on the news and how people react to news stories when they are at the center of them. Limited edition comes with a second disc with five more excellent songs.
Lightbulb Sun: The bridge album between Stupid Dream and In Absentia, this is the band about to take the plunge into heavy rock.
Fear of a Blank Planet: Practically metal, this is a concept about how media overkill and heavy medication combine to burn out the next generation.
The Sky Moves Sideways: Third album: the budding Tree explore Floydian landscapes on this, SW's first collaboration with Richard Barbieri.
On the Sunday of Life: Features "Radioactive Toy." Compiled from the cassette EPs where this band started, in SW's bedroom.
For the Fans
Up the Downstair: Their second official album received a face-lift when it was re-recorded by the current lineup.
Signify: The first album by the "band" Porcupine Tree. (Technically, it's their fourth). Good songs and hints of the future here.
Nil Recurring: An EP of extra songs from the Blank Planet sessions. Features collaborations with Robert Fripp.
Voyage 34--The Complete Trip: Four takes on an acid trip gone very, very wrong. A psychedelic, electronic version of Rashomon.
|Where it all began: the Tarquin's Seaweed Farm tape.|
Metanoia: Ambient outtakes from Signify. Good music to relax to.
Recordings: Outtakes from Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun. Features the classic "Buying New Soul" and the full (15 minute version of "Even Less.")
Staircase Infinities: Remixes and extras from Up the Downstair.
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape: Good luck finding a copy. These are the leftover tracks from On the Sunday of Life.