I have a soft spot in my heart for the work of Steven Wilson, the musical brain behind athmospheric neo-prog band Porcupine Tree (think: Pink Floyd for the 21st Century).
Metal fans may know him from his collaboration as producer and studio keyboardist with Opeth, for the “Deliverance” and “Damnation” albums. Opeth, while starting out in the Scandinavian metal scene, always had more in common with melodic progressive rock bands like Camel — it took Steven Wilson’s “midwifeship” to help them chart a new musical course in which they have persisted to this day.
Wilson was however extremely prolific, engaging in side projects that were pop-oriented (No-Man, Blackfield), or more electronic, plus several solo albums. Of late, he’s been remastering classic prog-rock records from the 70s and 80s.
He used to have a studio in Tel-Aviv not far from Casa Arbel, despite not having any Jewish roots that I know of.
Here is a recent track from one of his solo albums that I’d somehow missed.
Enjoy, have a good weekend, shabbat shalom and chag sameach!