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Steven Wilson fans have been primed for The Future Bites since he released To the Bone in 2017. That record, and the preceding 4½ EP, were deliberately "pop" responses to his three-album dalliance with prog -- Raven That Refused to Sing, Hand. Cannot. Erase, and Grace for Drowning. In contrast to the above, The Future Bites is a slick exercise in Wilson's oft-articulated love of synth pop and electronic music. It's a loose concept set about the treachery that rampant consumerism foists upon the world, and the danger a technological society imposes on personal identity. Given the musical m.o. here, it should come as no surprise that the production on these nine songs is slick, even icy. It contrasts sharply with most of Wilson's songwriting that remains saturated in welcoming, effusive melodies and hooks. On most tracks, guitars and drums are subservient to keyboards and electronic rhythms and soundscapes. As usual, the studio cast is stellar. It includes keyboardists Adam Holzman and Richard Barbieri, bassist Nick Beggs, drummer Michael Spearman, sonic architect and beat maestro Faultline (David Kosten), and backing vocalists Wendy Harriott, Bobbie Gordon, and Crystal Williams. Set highlights include "King Ghost," which eschews conventional instrumentation in favor of dark, brooding, quasi-futurist electronics. They simultaneously reflect, "Memorabilia"-era Soft Cell, middle period Talk Talk, and Oil & Gold-era Shriekback. That said, the song's subtle, airy melody is infectious, nearly hummable above the layered electronics. "12 Things I Forgot" is the most formally constructed pop song here. It's framed by conventional guitars, organic drums, basses, and Rhodes piano, and glorious backing vocals from the Mystery Jets. The hooky melody walks a strange and circuitous path between vintage Todd Rundgren, early Aztec Camera, and Difford & Tilbrook. Weirdly, it contains a tagline hook straight out of Peter Frampton's "I Want You (To Show Me the Way)." "Eminent Sleaze" delivers a sinister muscular beat driven by a bass-and-drum vamp that eerily recalls Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" atop a spooky string chart and exponentially layered synthetic handclaps. Wilson adds a wonky Adrian Belew-esque guitar break, propelled by Beggs' nasty Chapman Stick and Holzman's restrained keys. The electro-disco of "Personal Shopper" channels Human League, Kraftwerk, and Giorgio Moroder. Its lyric is drenched in irony as Elton John reads from a shopping list of "shit you never knew you liked," including "deluxe box sets" (a piss take, both men are guilty of releasing them). "Man of the People" is a lovely, alienated, bittersweet ballad adorned by Barbieri's heavenly soundscape as guitars, pillowy beats, and atmospherics frame Wilson's lovely faux-soul vocal. In sum, those who had trouble with To the Bone, Wilson's well-executed homage to the progressive pop of Kate Bush, Tears for Fears, and Peter Gabriel, may have even more with this. Most fans, however, especially more recent ones, shouldn't find The Future Bites an inconsistent entry in Wilson's catalog, but an arguably minor one that steps sideways instead of forward.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
UNSELF
00:01:05

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Audio Concept, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yali & Mia, Voices, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

2
SELF
00:02:55

David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rou Reynolds, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Barbieri, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Shaker, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rina Mushonga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JAKL, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mos Capri, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

3
KING GHOST
00:04:06

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Vocals, Sound Effects, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jason Cooper, Cymbals, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

4
12 THINGS I FORGOT
00:04:42

David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Blaine Harrison, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harp, Piano, Vocals, Rhodes , Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Flanagan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

5
EMINENT SLEAZE
00:03:52

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM HOLZMAN, Digital Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Nick Beggs, Guitar, Percussion, Spoons, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, String Arranger, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Rhodes , Surround Mixer, Clapping, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Guy Protheroe, Conductor - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

6
MAN OF THE PEOPLE
00:04:41

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harp, Vocals, Rhodes , Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

7
PERSONAL SHOPPER
00:09:49

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

8
FOLLOWER
00:04:39

David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM HOLZMAN, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Sound Effects, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

9
COUNT OF UNEASE
00:06:08

David Kosten, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals, Sound Effects, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

DISC 2

1
EYEWITNESS
00:05:19

David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

2
IN FLORAL GREEN
00:05:33

David Kosten, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Wilson, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals, Sound Effects, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

3
MOVE LIKE A FEVER (Extended Vinyl Mix)
00:06:14

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mix Engineer, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

4
ANYONE BUT ME
00:03:53

David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Steven Wilson, Producer, String Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Guy Protheroe, Conductor - Fyfe Dangerfield, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

DISC 3

1
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Biffy Clyro Remix)
00:04:37

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Biffy Clyro, Remixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Pasquariello, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

2
FOLLOWER (Hexadeci Mix)
00:06:28

Pat Mastelotto, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - David Kosten, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM HOLZMAN, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Sound Effects, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Adrian Benavides, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Pasquariello, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Machera, Synth Bass, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jenuine Cello, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

3
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Nile Rodgers Remix)
00:06:10

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Remixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Pasquariello, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

4
KING GHOST (Magit Cacoon Mix)
00:06:10

David Kosten, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Vocals, Sound Effects, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Cooper, Cymbals, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer - Magit Cacoon, Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lonya Koval, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

5
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Pure Reason Revolution Mix)
00:04:45

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pure Reason Revolution, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Courtney, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chloe Alper, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Pasquariello, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

6
KING GHOST (Tangerine Dream Mix)
00:09:23

David Kosten, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Vocals, Surround Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ulrich Schnauss, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tangerine Dream, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Frick, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Thorsten Quaeschning, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Hoshiko Yamane, Viola, Electric Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

7
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Fitness Tracker- Shearwater Mix)
00:05:44

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Shearwater, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Duszynski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

DISC 4

1
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Extended Version)
00:19:42

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

2
UNSELF (Long Version)
00:02:45

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Audio Concept, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yali & Mia, Voices, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

3
HA BLOODY HA
00:05:07

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

4
MOVE LIKE A FEVER
00:04:43

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

5
KING GHOST (Extended Mix)
00:08:26

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Vocals, Sound Effects, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jason Cooper, Cymbals, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

6
I AM CLICHE
00:02:53

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Audio Concept, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yali & Mia, Voices, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

7
WAVE THE WHITE FLAG
00:04:32

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Audio Concept, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Yali & Mia, Voices, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

8
EMINENT SLEAZE (Extended Remix)
00:08:13

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM HOLZMAN, Digital Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Nick Beggs, Guitar, Percussion, Spoons, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, String Arranger, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Rhodes , Surround Mixer, Clapping, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Guy Protheroe, Conductor - Michael Spearman, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

9
IN PIECES
00:03:58

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

10
EVERY KINGDOM FALLS
00:04:06

David Kosten, Producer, Mix Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Beggs, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Wilson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Surround Mixer, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Fyfe Dangerfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Spearman, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bobbie Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Harriott, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rotem Wilson, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Steven Wilson Productions Ltd.

Album Description

Steven Wilson fans have been primed for The Future Bites since he released To the Bone in 2017. That record, and the preceding 4½ EP, were deliberately "pop" responses to his three-album dalliance with prog -- Raven That Refused to Sing, Hand. Cannot. Erase, and Grace for Drowning. In contrast to the above, The Future Bites is a slick exercise in Wilson's oft-articulated love of synth pop and electronic music. It's a loose concept set about the treachery that rampant consumerism foists upon the world, and the danger a technological society imposes on personal identity. Given the musical m.o. here, it should come as no surprise that the production on these nine songs is slick, even icy. It contrasts sharply with most of Wilson's songwriting that remains saturated in welcoming, effusive melodies and hooks. On most tracks, guitars and drums are subservient to keyboards and electronic rhythms and soundscapes. As usual, the studio cast is stellar. It includes keyboardists Adam Holzman and Richard Barbieri, bassist Nick Beggs, drummer Michael Spearman, sonic architect and beat maestro Faultline (David Kosten), and backing vocalists Wendy Harriott, Bobbie Gordon, and Crystal Williams. Set highlights include "King Ghost," which eschews conventional instrumentation in favor of dark, brooding, quasi-futurist electronics. They simultaneously reflect, "Memorabilia"-era Soft Cell, middle period Talk Talk, and Oil & Gold-era Shriekback. That said, the song's subtle, airy melody is infectious, nearly hummable above the layered electronics. "12 Things I Forgot" is the most formally constructed pop song here. It's framed by conventional guitars, organic drums, basses, and Rhodes piano, and glorious backing vocals from the Mystery Jets. The hooky melody walks a strange and circuitous path between vintage Todd Rundgren, early Aztec Camera, and Difford & Tilbrook. Weirdly, it contains a tagline hook straight out of Peter Frampton's "I Want You (To Show Me the Way)." "Eminent Sleaze" delivers a sinister muscular beat driven by a bass-and-drum vamp that eerily recalls Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" atop a spooky string chart and exponentially layered synthetic handclaps. Wilson adds a wonky Adrian Belew-esque guitar break, propelled by Beggs' nasty Chapman Stick and Holzman's restrained keys. The electro-disco of "Personal Shopper" channels Human League, Kraftwerk, and Giorgio Moroder. Its lyric is drenched in irony as Elton John reads from a shopping list of "shit you never knew you liked," including "deluxe box sets" (a piss take, both men are guilty of releasing them). "Man of the People" is a lovely, alienated, bittersweet ballad adorned by Barbieri's heavenly soundscape as guitars, pillowy beats, and atmospherics frame Wilson's lovely faux-soul vocal. In sum, those who had trouble with To the Bone, Wilson's well-executed homage to the progressive pop of Kate Bush, Tears for Fears, and Peter Gabriel, may have even more with this. Most fans, however, especially more recent ones, shouldn't find The Future Bites an inconsistent entry in Wilson's catalog, but an arguably minor one that steps sideways instead of forward.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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