Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Delerium
Catalog Number: Delec CD 074
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:14:00

Well, I'm not quite sure what to make of Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip. I can tell you that the music is trippy and heavily Pink Floyd influenced ? Pink Floyd crossed with Future Sound Of London might be a better description. I don't use the word trippy lightly, either. The album, which is a collection of two EPs that were released in 1992 and 1993, is the musical equivalent of an LSD trip - or at least it purports to be. Having never tried LSD myself, I'll just take their word for it. On the one hand, the music without the talkative bits would be an interesting musical journey. With the narration and testimonials, it becomes much weirder, and suggests a subtext, a message. Okay, more than suggests I suppose, and I suspect the message isn't meant to be an anti-drug message, but more a let-people-be-free-to-experiment message. I've been told that the talkative bits are from an anti-drug film, selectively chosen for the release "to make their own disquieting points," as it says in the booklet.

But setting the message aside, lets just look at the music. When I say Pink Floyd, what do I mean? Anyone who is already familiar with Porcupine Tree has some idea, but for those that don't, here's what I hear. Extended, soaring guitar leads a la David Gilmour with spacey arrangements. The music is open and freeflowing, carrying you along from the first musical note to the last and then some. My first couple of listens I was so relaxed and absorbed, I drifted off into a half doze - aware of the music, but also becoming part of the music - creative thoughts flowed. As the music undulated, so did the images my subconscious generated. To reach the end of the disk and feel that you've been somehow transported, that you've been on a journey, can be (and was) a liberating experience. Now, verbal parts seeped into there, too, shaping my thoughts. What the voyage of the title refers to is an extended LSD trip of the "protagonist" Brian, his 34th. Of course, more recently, Porcupine Tree aren't as Floyd-like (though I've yet to hear their most recent, Lightbulb Sun [as of this writing]).

This edition of Porcupine Tree is essentially Steve Wilson, though Richard Barbieri provides synths to "Phase IV."

This was remastered and repackaged in 2004 and released by Snapper (SDPCD167); and again in 2005 as an 2LP by Headspin (LP-306)

Phase I (12:54) / Phase II (17:24) / Phase III (19:24) / Phase IV (13:42)

Steven Wilson - all
Richard Barbieri - synthesizers (4)

On The Sunday Of Life... (1991)
Voyage 34 (1992)
Up The Downstair (1993)
Voyage 34: Remixes (1993)
Staircase Infinities (1994)
Moonloop E.P. (1994)
The Sky Moves Sideways (1995)
Signify (1996)
Coma Divine - Recorded Live In Rome (1997)
Stupid Dream (1999)
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip (2000/2004/2005
'4 Chords That Made A Million' (2000)
Lightbulb Sun (2000/2008)
'Shesmovedon' (2000)
Lightbulb Sun - Special Edition (2001)
Recordings (2001)
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 - 1997(2002/2005)
Metanoia (2002)
In Absentia (2002)
In Absentia (European version) (2003)
Warszawa (2005)
Deadwing (2005)
Porcupine Tree (2006)
Fear Of A Blank Planet (2007)
Nil Recurring (2008)
The Incident (2009)

Arriving Somewhere... (DVD) (2006)

Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock

Origin UK

Added: June 1st 2000
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Artist website: www.porcupinetree.com
Hits: 1221
Language: english


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