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File under: Progressive Rock

Electronic Sound

Issue 73: Steven Wilson - The Future Bites (Magazine)

Label: Electronic Sound

Format: Magazine

Genre: Electronic

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We've been talking to Steven Wilson about his new album for this issue of Electronic Sound and we have a special limited edition cover based on the artwork concept of the record for our subscribers and our webshop. To accompany the magazine, we also have a red vinyl seven-inch boasting exclusive edits of two tracks from the album.

Steven Wilson's 'The Future Bites' is a significant milestone for the former Porcupine Tree man and celebrated sound architect. Following on from his highly praised 5.1 surround sound remixes of artists such as Tangerine Dream, Roxy Music, Simple Minds and, in the last few months, Ultravox and Tears For Fears, 'The Future Bites' is a truly outstanding collection of electronic and art-rock tracks. The lyrics of the album meanwhile explore how we're being constantly prodded by the internet's mercilessly efficient and ever-evolving alogrithms, telling us what to buy, where to go, what to think, and who to vote for. Was the future meant to be like this? Probably not. 

Elsewhere in this issue, we have a short story by one other than John Foxx, examine the electro-acoustic stylings of Langham Research Centre, chat with the masked mystery that is Lambert, catch up with Ghost Box outfit Beautify Junkyards, and salute the work of record sleeve design legend Malcolm Garrett. We have Add N To (X), Polypores, Hattie Cooke and Kit Monteith too. And as ever, there’s also the groaning shelves of our review section to get stuck into. Not that we are telling you what to buy, you understand. Shop ’til you drop.

To accompany this issue, we have a superb red vinyl Steven Wilson seven-inch featuring edits of 'King Ghost' and 'Eminent Sleaze', two of the highlights of 'The Future Bites'. There is a strong sense of emotional resonance to the former, a gorgeous electronic track about how people present themselves on social media. "It's about this ghost version of yourself, without all of the failures and neuroses and insecuritites," notes Wilson. 'Eminent Sleaze' is a heavier affair, the slap delay on pretty much every element giving the track what Wilson describes as "this subterranean quality, this slightly surreal otherness".

File under: Progressive Rock
Cat. number: ES73
Year: 2021
Bundled with Issue 73 of 'Electronic Sound' magazine, the release features two edits from '[m=1946425]', the 2021 studio album from [a5105] founder Steven Wilson.

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