Steven Wilson has expressed his affinity for classic 70s recordings, and how he tried to live up to them with his new album "The Raven That Refused To Sing".
In our exclusive interview to be published tomorrow, Steven tells us about hiring legendary Pink Floyd engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on "Dark Side Of The Moon".
"I'm a great believer that records sounded the best in the 70s. I don't really like the sound of most modern recordings, including most of my own," he said. "I had this idea that I wanted to work with an engineer that was familiar with working in that way, and Alan was the top of my list."
For all his fame in the prog-rock world, Steven is surely a music fan with heroes, just like the rest of us. Did working with Alan Parsons fulfil a lifelong ambition?
"I wouldn't say I had any burning ambition to work with Alan," he says, "but I've been very privileged to work with some people who were very important to me growing up, and Alan would certainly be one of those.
"Luckily he knew who I was, and was already a bit of a fan, so there was a mutual thing there already. It was great to work with him."
As you might expect, the engineering lived up to Steven's high expectations. "The sounds he got on the record are exactly what I wanted," he said. "I didn't want the album to sound retro for the sake of it, but I wanted sounds that were timeless. Alan is someone who knows how to get the best out of those sounds."
Hear the title song from "The Raven That Refused To Sing" here:
Look out for our full interview with Steven Wilson tomorrow, where he discusses mortality and his biggest ambition: to score movie soundtracks in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, you can read about how he was moved to tears in the studio in our post yesterday.
You can order a limited-edition version of the album from Burning Shed, which includes HD audio, a studio documentary, exclusive stories written by Steven Wilson and much more.