Steven Wilson‘s new album entitled “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is based on the true story of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman who was found dead in her London flat 3 years after she had passed. It’s an incredibly haunting story, one that is difficult to accept as real.
All of the things that I’ve come to expect from Wilson is present with this new album. Every minute detail, in every aspect of the project, appear to have been carefully thought through. The musicianship is once again that of heroes, and the overall production and sound quality is simply mesmerizing.
As I listened for the first time, opting for the 5.1 surround mix, I read the lyrics from the blu-ray booklet and watched as the brilliantly crafted artwork moved accross the television screen. It’s a delicately choreographed slideshow that continually amplifies the emotions of the music.
In just a little over an hour, I was moved to chills of both beauty and uneasiness. I even found myself on the verge of tears as “Happy Returns” closed the album. This album is a reminder of the sometimes sad reality of modern life and how the precious existence of an acquaintance or a stranger can be so easily forgotten or ignored.
Steven Wilson has created yet another one-of-a-kind work, proving that in a seemingly predictable world where everything’s already been done, there’s always a hopeful glimmer of originality left to be explored.