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SW-GFDSteven Wilson’s Grace For Drowning was his second solo studio album, originally released in 2011

A more experimental and more eclectic record, Grace For Drowning builds on the artistic inroads he forged with 2009’s exceptionally well-received Insurgentes. Wilson described the album at the time as his “biggest project to date”.

“‘Insurgentes’ was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic.”

For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create “journeys in sound”. So without being retro, ‘my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz–inspired piece.  I’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records.” Steven Wilson

 

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Tracklisting:

DISC 1
1. Grace For Drowning (02:05)
2. Sectarian (07:41)
3. Deform To Form A Star (07:50)
4. No Part Of Me (05:44)
5. Postcard (04:28)
6. Raider Prelude (02:23)
7. Remainder The Black Dog (09:26)

DISC 2
1. Belle De Jour (02:59)
2. Index (04:47)
3. Track One (04:15)
4. Raider II (23:21)
5. Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye (08:01)

“…this is a magnificent step up; he simply can’t stopped.” PROG

“…a dense yet extremely coherent album, Grace For Drowning succeeds brilliantly… Prog album of the year, no less.” – ★★★★★ Terrorizer

“An immersive, ambitious project that demands repeated spins” ★★★★ MOJO

“Prog rock wrung dry of nostalgia, perfect not for drowning but immersion.”★★★★ Rolling Stone

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