Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness’ popular ‘The Album Years’ podcast has returned for a second series. The podcast, which features the No-Man members discussing the important album releases of a specific year in their own unique style has proved a hit with listeners, charting highly around the globe.
In the first episode the pair discuss 1981, looking at releases, from, among others, Rush, Iron Maiden, Pat Metheny, Rupert Hine and Phil Collins’ debut album Face Value. You can check ‘The Album Years’ out here.
“Taking in Post-Punk, Electro-Pop, Metal, Progressive, Jazz and more, in this edition Wilson and Bowness discuss artists as diverse as Japan, A Certain Ratio, Rush, Grace Jones, Rupert Hine, OMD, Pat Metheny, Iron Maiden, Magazine and others,” the pair say. “Against all odds, they also make a valiant attempt to defend Phil Collins’ solo debut, Face Value!”
Launched at the beginning of the UK lockdown in 2020, ‘The Album Years’ ended up being in the Top 5 music podcast charts in nearly 30 countries. The first series ran for 12 episodes, looking at years ranging from 1967 to 1998.
Steven Wilson’s most recent album, The Future Bites, arrived at the end of January. It marks his first solo album since 2017’s To the Bone.
The Future Bites is described as “an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era. As well as being Wilson’s sixth solo album, The Future Bites is also an online portal to a world of high concept design custom built for the ultra-modern consumer.”
Where 2017’s To The Bone confronted the emerging global issues of post truth and fake news, The Future Bites places the listener in a world of 21st century addictions. It’s a place where on-going, very public experiments constantly take place into the affects of nascent technology on our lives. From out of control retail therapy, manipulative social media and the loss of individuality, The Future Bites is less a bleak vision of an approaching dystopia, more a curious reading of the here and now.
The album was recorded in London and co-produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and Steven Wilson.
The Future Bites can be bought here.