Steven Wilson has confirmed that the fifth Blackfield album will arrive on November 18 via Kscope.
He’s also gearing up for a general release of limited-edition 2015 solo record Transience, complete with an additional track, and a fresh run of tour dates.
Despite stepping back from Blackfield in 2009, and announcing a full departure in 2014, Wilson describes his latest work with Aviv Geffen as “a return to the full partnership that made the first two albums such firm favourites with fans.”
He adds: “Written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England, Blackfield V contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45-minute ocean themed song cycle.
“With the pair expertly handling vocals, guitars, and keyboards, Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, and string arrangements performed by the London Session Orchestra, the album is a powerful journey through catchy melodies, lush arrangements, and stunning production.
“Alan Parsons produced three of the album’s key tracks. Both musicians consider Blackfield V to be their best collaboration to date.”
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Wilson reports: “I’m not normally a fan of compilations, but I liked the idea of collecting the more accessible side of my solo material as an introduction for listeners who may not be familiar with my music.
“Happiness III has become the first song of mine in years to get any attention from BBC radio here in the UK, so I’ve taken the opportunity to add it the running order of the CD version, as it certainly fits the brief.”
The track is also available as a single, with a live version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the B-side. Both releases will be available on September 16.
Wilson has also announced a run of North American shows for November.
Steven Wilson US tour dates 2016
Nov 03: Portland Roseland Theater, OR
Nov 04: San Francisco The Masonic , CA
Nov 05: Los Angeles The Belasco, CA
Nov 06: Solano Beach Belly Up, CA
Nov 09: Phoenix Celebrity Theatre, AZ
Nov 11: Salt Lake City In The Venue, UT
Nov 12: Denver Gothic Theatre, CO
Nov 15: Dallas Majestic Theatre, TX
Nov 17: Atlanta Center Stage, GA
Nov 18: Orlando The Plaza Live, FL
Nov 19: Tampa State Theatre, FL
Nov 20: Fort Lauderdale Culture Room, FL