Steven Wilson's latest solo release: Hand. Cannot. Erase.
The album has been critically acclaimed and is arguably his best work to date.
According to Wilson, the album is written from a female perspective, and the concept and story are inspired by the case of Joyce Carol Vincent, where a woman living in a large city dies in her apartment and no one misses her for three years, despite her having family and friends. Wilson explained:
"The basic story, or concept of the record – it's about a woman growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices. There's more to it than that. Now, what's really interesting about this story is that your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, 'Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices, no one cares about.' [Vincent] wasn't [like that]. She was young, she was popular, she was attractive, she had many friends, she had family, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for three years.
In the second half of tonight's show, we will honor the memory of the original Pothead Pixie, Daevid Allen, who passed away on March 13. Christopher David Allen (13 January 1938 – 13 March 2015), better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of psychedelic rock groups Soft Machine (in the UK, 1966) and Gong (in France, 1967).
We feature one of his best known releases with Gong, the classic You, Part Three of the "Radio Gnome Trilogy". Between 1973 and 1974, Gong, now augmented by guitarist Steve Hillage, released their best-known work, the "Radio Gnome Trilogy", three records that expounded upon the (previously only hinted at) Gong mythology, Flying Teapot (1973), Angel's Egg (1973), and You (1974). For about two months at the end of 1974, Bill Bruford played drums with Gong.