STEVEN WIL­SON

TO THE BONE

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CARO­LINE, OUT 18 AU­GUST Worka­holic nou­veau prog rocker’s fifth solo al­bum.

Prog-rock Re­nais­sance man Steven Wil­son can fill the Al­bert Hall but no­body in the real world knows who he is. When he’s not mak­ing el­e­gant solo records such as 2015’ s Hand. Can­not. Erase. he’s busy re­mas­ter­ing old Yes al­bums – and there’s the rub. Re­ally, ev­ery­thing Wil­son does is a homage to his ex­pan­sive record col­lec­tion. To The Bone ad­dresses top­i­cal themes of post-truth and global ter­ror, but its ti­tle track’s caw­ing har­mon­ica and hyp­notic shuf­fle is straight off Talk Talk’s 1986 LP The Colour Of Spring. That said, it’s all won­der­fully ex­e­cuted, es­pe­cially when singer Ninet Tayeb takes over, and there are flashes of pop bril­liance, such as the ELO-meets-Daft Punk thrills of Per­me­at­ing.

Lis­ten To: Nowhere Now | Pariah | Per­me­at­ing | Refuge

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