Sunday, October 13, 2013

Steven Wilson: "Drive Home" and "The Raven that Refused to Sing" (videos)

By Michael J.W. Stickings

On October 22, Kscope is releasing a new two-disc set (one CD, one Blu-ray/DVD) from Steven Wilson, Drive Home. It includes live versions of a few of the songs on Wilson's most recent solo album, The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories), as well as two previously unreleased tracks and the videos for "The Raven that Refused to Sing" and, yes, "Drive Home" (my two favorite songs on the album).

I saw Wilson and his incredible band here in Toronto back in April. The live versions are amazing. (Having just returned from three shows in Australia, Wilson and band embark on another European leg of touring starting on Tuesday in Bristol, England. They can't come back to North America soon enough.) And the videos are simply stunning, matching Wilson's themes of mortality, memory, and isolation with images that give additional life to the lyrics without giving too much away.

Here's "Drive Home" (directed by Jess Cope):

And here's "The Raven that Refused to Sing" (directed by Cope and Simon Cartwright -- see this Vimeo video of Cope talking about making the video):

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