STEVEN WILSON – 12 Things I Forgot (2020)
”The Future Bites” is the upcoming sixth studio album by British STEVEN WILSON initially set for release on 12 June 2020, but later pushed back to 29 January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the marketing and production related to the album.
However, Wilson is releasing today “12 Things I Forgot“, and advance from the album pressed on a limited collectors vinyl.
Co-produced by Wilson and David Kosten, the record deals with “two recurring themes” of Wilson’s musical output, identity and technology, with a press release noting that it “picks apart our 21st century utopia, while also allowing for moments of personal growth and optimism”.
Musically, this new material expand on the electronic elements of Wilson’s previous work, still progressive and always intriguing.
There’s a lot of irony on this. The lyrics of ‘Personal Shopper’, a song about consumerism, seem contrary to limited edition items and box sets: “Buy the box set and the kind of stuff you’ve bought before a million times. / Buy in green, buy in blue. Buy in patterns ’cause I tell you to”.
Ironically, the album will be available to purchase an alternative red version of the vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set of the album, which contains “high concept packaging including multiple inserts”, the original cd and the instrumentals, 6 additional songs, and 4 extended remix versions of songs from the album, including a 19-minute extended version of Personal Shopper, a blu-ray disk with videos, and more
As part of the album’s concept, on the official store, there are also some fake sold-out products with creative descriptions.
01 – 12 THINGS I FORGOT
02 – KING GHOST
03 – EMINENT SLEAZE
04 – PERSONAL SHOPPER