Sunglasses… teeth whitener… deluxe-edition boxsets… volcanic ash soap… multivitamin supplements… noise-cancelling headphones… designer trainers… detox drinks… organic LED television… fake eyelashes… branded water… self-doubt… self-esteem…
Steven Wilson has announced his new album “The Future Bites” for a June 12th, 2020 release. The first track taken from the “The Future Bites” – the ten-minute long Moroder-esque tour de force “Personal shopper” – is available on all streaming platforms and via The Future Bites website today, and you can listen to it below.
“The Future Bites” is an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era. As well as being Wilson’s phenomenal sixth 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 effects 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.
Musically, “The Future Bites” gleams. Featuring gorgeous electronic sounds warped by human intervention (“King Ghost”), soaring acoustics that head straight upwards into the stratosphere (“12 Things I Forgot”), relentless bass-driven Motorik grooves (“Follower”) and swampish, murky funk (“Eminent Sleaze”), it is Steven’s most consistently brilliant work to date. The album was recorded in London and co-produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and Steven Wilson.
Online, “The Future Bites” is an open door to a world of purchase power where everything is marketable and nothing is too random to be put on sale. Inspired by such notable 21st century artefacts as the Virgil Abloh ceramic block and Vitality Air canned Canadian oxygen, The Future Bites is a fully designed consumer universe (built in collaboration with Baby and Crystal Spotlight) that’s been designed to be accessible and addictive to anyone from the casual fan to the hardcore collector.
“The Future Bites” tracklisting:
- King Ghost
- 12 Things I Forgot
- Eminent Sleaze
- Personal Shopper
- Man Of The People
- Anyone But Me
Steven Wilson plays two previously announced UK shows in the autumn at Nottingham Arena (Thursday 17th September) and London’s O2 (Saturday 19th September). These are his biggest headline shows to date.