Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson Explains Collaboration With Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt

Metal Injection caught up with Porcupine Tree frontman Steve Wilson at the New York stop of his solo-tour.

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Metal Injection caught up with Porcupine Tree frontman Steve Wilson at the New York stop of his solo-tour. During the 10-minute video interview, Wilson discussed his new solo album, "Grace For Drowning", his day job in the Porcupine Tree and Wilson goes into depth about his forthcoming collaboration with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt. Here is what he had to say about the collaboration:

"Well the only stuff I've collaboration with Mikael on in the past has been working on his records. This is obviously a collaboration, so it's a different approach. We sat in a room together and wrote music together, rather than taking his music that he'd already written and working it into a record. We actually started from the very basics, composition and arranging. If you'd ask me three months ago, I would have said expect the last thing you would've expected. But actually, now that [Opeth's new record] 'Heritage' has come out, and [Steve Wilson's solo album] 'Grace Of Drowning' has come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy in a way."

Wilson continued "If anything, it's even more orchestral, more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholy... but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as 'Heritage' and 'Grace For Drowning', which indeed it does because it was written during the same period. We were, in a way, egging each other on to do those particular records but also at the same time coming up with the music that's now going to be on 'Storm Corrosion'. So it's a very orchestral record, as you'd expect, the songs are quite long and develop in unusual ways. I'm realistic about it, that half the people are going to hate it and half the people are going to fall in love with it. I'd be happy with that anyway".

Watch the entire interview here.

Thanks for the report to AntiMusic.com.

7 comments sorted by best / new / date

    As busy as he keeps, he could announce a new PT album tomorrow and it wouldn't come to me as a surprise...
    Wonder how much longer we'll have to wait for another Porcupine Tree album if he's busy doing this?
    Eager to hear it, two of the most brilliant musicians around and I know they've helped each other out in the past; a full-on collaboration can't be anything less than mind-blowing.
    Im sure these two can create a killer record, definitely want to check this out maybe i should check out Grace Of Drowning...
    James TH
    two of my favourite musicians coming together to write music.... F*CK ME!