Steven Wilson’s ‘Grace For Drowning’ Will Be Released On Sexy Blu-Ray

Those of you who have been reading this section for a while should know by now how much I love Steven Wilson‘s work, be it as a musician in Blackfield or Porcupine Tree or as a producer. So, as a result, there is a correlation between the amount of news coming out regarding his upcoming solo album, Grace For Drowning, and the amount of excitement I feel. Well, more news has come out, this time detailing the release date and different editions of the album. 

The album will be released Sept. 27th and will be the first-ever rock album released primarily as a Blu-Ray video disc, with the music playing in 5.1 surround sound and accompanying visuals and videos for each track. On top of that, there will be interactive videos showcasing the recording, mixing and mastering aspects of the album. As for the editions of the album, “For the most avid collectors, there will be a deluxe edition featuring the Blu-Ray version, 3 CDs, and a 120-page book of artwork and notes. It will also be released in vinyl and compact disc formats.”
Check after the jump for a message from Steven Wilson and some tour dates.

Says Wilson, ““’Insurgentes’ was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create “journeys in sound” I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz –inspired piece. I’’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records.””

Tuesday, November 8th – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Thursday, November 10th – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Friday, November 11th – NY, NY – Best Buy Theater
Saturday, November 12th – Philadelphia, PA – Temple Performing Arts Center
Sunday, November 13th – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
Friday, November 18th – Chicago, IL – Park West