Day 4? Haha, Not Really. You Should Still Listen To Them, Though.
Right, so. I’ve been asked to stop being a lazy sloth and finish my 30 Day Music Challenge. Because, apparently, I can’t commit to anything, and I’ve been a procrastinator all my life and blah blah black sheep. But work is leaving me exhausted, so what I’m going to do is complete it – but maybe put up a post every other day.
Day 4. What’s Day 4? “A band you’d recommend to someone who has never heard anything that falls under your favourite genre”. I can do that.
I’ve mentioned that I worship Pink Floyd – and by extension, a whole host of bands that sound like them/were inspired by them. I was originally going to include The Pineapple Thief as well, but I think I’ll save them for a later post. may I introduce you to the band of the day?
If you’re a Steven Wilson fan, you’ve probably heard of Blackfield. Long story short, what happend was:
- Steven Wilson was born. (Future reference : I love this man).
- He listened to a lot of awesome music, and generally did a lot of awesome things.
- He started making awesome music, formed a band, and they made awesome albums together.
- This guy in Israel, Aviv Geffen, listened to their so-very-awesome music.
- Thing is, this Geffen guy was a vocalist. So he performed backing vocals on a few Porcupine Tree songs, talked to Wilson about working together, and voila! Blackfield was born.
I’m not a huge fan of Aviv Geffen, to be honest. I found Blackfield when I was slowly acquainting myself with all of Steven Wilson’s side-projects (and believe me, he has quite a few) and I loved the first two albums. Initially. They were all I could listen to. But then, the melodies started getting a little old, and I found that I was craving my ten-minute long pieces of signature Porcupine Tree-ness. The funny thing is, a friend listened to them for half an hour and told me everything I’m about to tell you now. I didn’t believe him then, it took a few months.
I’ve found that Blackfield works as an excellent gateway band for progressive rock. I know a lot of people who find Porcupine Tree a little too experimental, but have fallen in love with Blackfield. And I can see why. They’re incredibly soothing. Hypnotic, even. It’s the kind of music you want to listen to early in the morning, when the sun is behind a cloud, and you’re still in bed. Snuggled up against a pillow with a book. Most of their songs plant themselves in your head, and you end up humming them everywhere. After a while, though, you start wanting something…more. And there are plenty of bands you can turn to. But to start with, Blackfield is amazing.
They’ve released three albums so far – Blackfield and Blackfield II (easy to remember, yes?) and Welcome To My DNA. Welcome To My DNA is more Geffen-centric, which is probably why I don’t like it as much. But the first two albums? Yes, yes, yes.
I’m going to leave you with a few of my favourites.