STEVEN WILSON – has shared news of a UK in-store tour to celebrate his new album ‘The Harmony Codex’ (out 29 September via Virgin).
Kicking off in Bristol on 29 September — the day of the album’s release — the in-store run will see stops across the country in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Preston, Oxford and Brighton. Find full dates and details below.
STEVEN WILSON UK IN-STORE TOUR 2023
29 BRISTOL Rough Trade – 6pm
30 BIRMINGHAM HMV – 1pm
30 LEEDS Crash – 6pm
01 MANCHESTER HMV – 1pm
01 PRESTON Action Records – 6pm
02 OXFORD Truck – 6pm
03 BRIGHTON Resident – 6pm
Tickets available here: https://tix.to/THC
Steven Wilson has also recently shared his latest single to be taken from the new record. “Rock Bottom” follows “Economies of Scale” as the second instalment from ‘The Harmony Codex’ and is co-performed with Ninet Tayeb.
‘The Harmony Codex’ isn’t like other records you’ll hear this year. Endlessly fascinating, endlessly revealing, endlessly beautiful, Steven Wilson’s new LP is the seventh album from one of the country’s most singular talents.
Listening to ‘THE HARMONY CODEX’ is akin to losing oneself in an Escher drawing made purely with sound. Over the album’s ten tracks, Steven Wilson navigates a tangle of memories and walks the listener down pathways where shadows cast by reflection, rumination and regret grow long.
This codex is a vivid tapestry conceived and pieced together by an artist working alone in a studio tucked inside the garage of a North London townhouse, with assistance called in from musicians from all around the globe (including long time studio partners such as Ninet Tayeb, Craig Blundell and Adam Holzman alongside a host of first time collaborators including Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto and Interpol’s Sam Fogarino). Each player was invited to add their individual stamp to the record. The snares, strings and sampled sounds each artist sent down the wires was woven in to make the music that starts the trip.
And it is a trip. Constantly evolving over 65 minutes, ‘THE HARMONY CODEX’ starts with “Inclination” – a track built on the foundation of a precision rhythm that’s both mechanical and martial. As seemingly incongruous elements fall on top, the whole thing unfolds with a swirl of mesmerising digital soul. From there, the record swoons on a wistful acoustic breeze (“What Life Brings”) before crunching through with bone rattling tribal drumming and a subsonic bassline (“Beautiful Scarecrow”). Elsewhere, stuttering drum loops are welded to spidery, scratchy gothic guitar lines (“Actual Brutal Facts”), fragile electronics open out like the night sky from behind clouds (“Economies of Scale”) and myriad instruments perform a mind bending, genre-flipping highwire act over ten minutes (“Impossible Tightrope”). Time and again, the lyrics return to that map of memory, and those long, long shadows.
While ‘THE HARMONY CODEX’ nods to records from Steven Wilson’s recent past, at times echoing the paranoid rumble of 2008’s ‘Insurgentes’, the crystalline electronics of 2021’s ‘The Future Bites’ and the expansive storytelling of 2013’s ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories)’, here he has managed to create something entirely unique, a record that exists outside of the notion of genre. And although ‘THE HARMONY CODEX’ is a record made with spatial audio in mind, it’s not one that needs an elaborate sound system to lift you out of body – two speakers and an open mind will do just fine.
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.