December 31, 2020

Steven Wilson: "The Last Great American Dynasty" (The Future Bites sessions)

Steven Wilson has posted episode eight of his live in the studio performances. Dubbed The Future Bites Sessions he performs stripped down versions from his forthcoming new album as well material from his extensive back catalogue. But for the last one of 2020 he decided to release a cover:

My final TFB session track of 2020 is something a bit different. To mark the end of the year I wanted to do a cover of someone else's song from 2020 rather than one of mine, and I’ve chosen one from Taylor Swift's fantastic Folklore album. This is a story-telling song with brilliant lyrics, and rather a lot of them. In fact it might be the most words I’ve ever had to sing in 3 and half minutes, which is why you’ll see me reading them off a cheat-sheet!

I love how the song starts off in the past in third person but becomes first person towards the end as Taylor Swift herself enters the story. You can read all about it at here.

My version is pretty faithful, maybe a bit too much, but in the spirit of the session concept it was learned and recorded quickly. Plus it just sounded so good the way she did it.

Happy New Year to you all, and best wishes for a wonderful 2021! S x

The Future Bites will be released on January 29, 2021 on cassette, CD, vinyl, BluRay, and as a limited box set. Pre-order here or get it from his store.

Live dates:
  • 09/08 St David's Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 09/09 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 09/11 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 09/12 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 09/13 Symphony Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 09/15 Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • 09/16 Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • 09/17 The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 09/20 Sporthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 09/21 AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 09/23 Rockhal, Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg
  • 09/24 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  • 09/25 Palais de la Musique et des Congres, Strasbourg, France
  • 09/27 Casino Barrière, Toulouse, France
  • 09/28 Theatre Femina, Bordeaux, France
  • 09/30 Zénith de Paris, Paris, France
  • 10/01 The City (The Nantes Conference Centre), Nantes, France
  • 10/02 Palais des congrès de Lyon, Lyon, France
  • 10/04 Arcimboldi Theater, Milan, Italy
  • 10/05 Teatro Tuscanyhall, Firenze, Italy
  • 10/06 Auditorium della Conciliazione, Roma, Italy
  • 10/08 Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d'Aix, Aix-en-provence, France
  • 10/10 Sala Riviera, Madrid, Spain
  • 10/11 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
  • 10/14 Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/18 RuhrCongress Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • 10/19 Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 10/20 Zenith, Munich, Germany
  • 10/21 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany


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