Even after decades in the progressive music community, Steven Wilson‘s success and ambition continue to blossom. Gaining exposure with prog legends Porcupine Tree, Wilson has had an exceptionally prolific musical career, releasing music in a number of solo projects and collaborations. 2015’s solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. was quickly followed by 2016’s 4 1/2 EP and Transcience, a compilation of songs spanning his career. Now in 2017, Wilson’s longstanding collaboration with Aviv Geffen, Blackfield, released their fifth record (you can read our review here). And the prog(ress) has not stopped there.
From an update on Wilson’s Facebook page, it has been announced that Wilson has signed a record deal with Caroline International. The label is part of Universal Music Group, and works with prog and rock legends like Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, and Van Morrison. Wilson had this to say about the deal:
“I’m absolutely delighted to be entering into partnership with Michael Roe and his team at Caroline for my next album. Although Caroline exist within the Universal Music Group, their philosophy allows me to remain creatively independent, while at the same time providing the “muscle” that being with a major organisation brings. This makes it a perfect home for me, and I’m happy to now be label mates with some of the most respected musicians in the industry.”
The post was accompanied with a powerful send off: “The follow up to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. will be released later this year, more news coming soon.” Though this will not be a surprise to many Wilson fans (considering some of the music he has teased on his page), it is impressive that this will be Wilson’s fourth original release in three years.