There are days when some announcements completely surprise me, and that was exactly the case with Porcupine Tree’s comeback teaser on November 1, 2021. The news brought a new single “Harridan” and word about their upcoming 11th album, “Closure/Continuation.”
When the band last released their new album “The Incident” in 2009, fans eagerly awaited another follow-up, which did not surface until now. Unlike their ongoing output of ten albums between 1992’s “On the Sunday of Life” and 2009’s “The Incident” the group went on a long hiatus after their largest live show which was held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Fans are very excited about their return featuring Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison who have come back with a frenetic new album scheduled for release in late June 2022, via Music for Nations / Sony.
The band notes that the single “Harridan” and a few of the other new songs have been in play since shortly after the release of their last studio album. The tracks were tucked away on a hard drive in a slowly growing computer file directory marked PT2012, which kept getting renamed, first as PT2015, then PT2018, and so on. The various members have been so busy that there were times when they even forgot these files were there, and times when a nagging memory surfaced reminding the group to finish them.
Porcupine Tree comments, “Listening to the finished pieces, it was clear that this wasn’t like any of our work outside of the band - the combined DNA of the people behind the music meant these tracks were forming what was undeniably, unmistakably, obviously a Porcupine Tree record. You’ll hear all of that DNA flowing right through the track Harridan.”
Closure/Continuation will be available as a deluxe CD + Blu-ray boxset featuring high resolution 96kHz /24-bit stereo mixes, a 5.1 and Dolby Atmos version of the entire album which also contains three bonus tracks, instrumental versions, all housed in an exclusive art book. A variety of other versions are released as a seven-track album on standard CD, 2x Vinyl, colored vinyl, and even as a limited cassette. The label and band are also releasing a deluxe audiophile crystal clear vinyl as a 3xLP 45rpm boxset containing two bonus tracks.
Scheduled for release June 24, 2022.
2 CD + 1 Blu-ray with 96kHz / 24-bit stereo mix, Dolby Atmos, and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes by Steven Wilson. Also available on CD and Vinyl., plus streaming sites.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.