Reviewed by Nuno on 02 Mar 2002
One of the bands that I have come across this last year (must confess my great sin of not knowing them earlier) were Wilson's brainchild porcupine Tree. You just have to give credit to this guy for his great work with producing or performing with other great bands and artists. Just remember Marillion or Fish, but there are a lot more that have been touched by Wilson's magical hand.
Signify is a great album, and I must state this before I really start talking about it.
It simply fulfills my needs for this kind of approach in progressive music. They seem to complement my needing for Pink Floydish Space Rocking. This is the most obvious connection here, but don’t thing that Porcupine Tree is a clone band or anything. Far (really far) from it.
This band plays a kind of progressive music with lots of Space Prog elements, psychedelic paraphernalia, ambient structures and even some real airplay vibes.
Signify is a personal favourite of mine. Despite the fact I really like all the albums I know from them (there are so many, for this is a very prolific band indeed), somehow I always return to this when I need others comfortable madness to patch up with mine.
To my point of view, this album is really a journey into claustrophobic ambiences, many times driven to that effect by the distorted vocals, which seem sometimes in a different level than music itself...alone and distant.
The songs float between calm settings and more aggressive textures, while always keeping a very distinctive signature. The guitar solos are, many times, Guilmouresque and always to good effect.
You can say these guys don't play complex instrumented music, but the fact is that each and every song sounds delicious to me. And complexity is to be found in the lyrics message and in the strange and original musicality that Porcupine Tree deliver.
And I will finish this review just how I started it...this is a great album!