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Porcupine Tree – The Incident (2009/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Porcupine Tree – The Incident (2009/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:15:49 minutes | 890 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Kscope

The Incident is the tenth album by Porcupine Tree. It was released on 14 September 2009 by Roadrunner Records.

The concept of The Incident emerged as Steven Wilson was caught in a motorway traffic jam whilst driving past a road accident:

“There was a sign saying ‘POLICE – INCIDENT’ and everyone was slowing down to see what had happened… Afterwards, it struck me that ‘incident’ is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved. And then I had the sensation that the spirit of someone that had died in the accident entered into my car and was sitting next to me. The irony of such a cold expression for such seismic events appealed to me, and I began to pick out other ‘incidents’ reported in the media and news, I wrote about the evacuation of teenage girls from a religious cult in Texas, a family terrorizing its neighbours, a body found floating in a river by some people on a fishing trip, and more. Each song is written in the first person and tries to humanize the detached media reportage.”

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Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring (2007/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring (2007/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 28:55 minutes | 322 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Kscope

Following the release of the acclaimed Fear of a Blank Planet album comes this mini album (29 minutes of music) containing four lengthy tracks written during the same sessions, completed over the Summer, and now presented as a cohesive self contained PT work in their own right. The title track is an instrumental featuring Robert Fripp on lead guitar, and the whole EP moves through the full PT spectrum of atmospheric ambience, melodic hooks, and crushing riffs.

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Porcupine Tree – IndigO2 2008 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Porcupine Tree – IndigO2 2008 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:02:08 minutes | 2,6 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Porcupine Tree

A few days after filming the concert in The Netherlands that would later be released as Anesthetize, Porcupine Tree wound up a nine date mini tour (and the Fear of a Blank Planet album cycle), with this hometown show. At least two of the band are sick and there are some rough edges, but perhaps with the knowledge that the film is in the can, this spirited performance has a looser and more relaxed feel to other shows with similar repertoire from this period.

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Porcupine Tree – First Live Performance 4th Dec 1993 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Porcupine Tree – First Live Performance 4th Dec 1993 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:51 minutes | 748 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Porcupine Tree

An almost complete recording of the first ever live performance of Porcupine Tree. After the newly assembled band line-up had rehearsed for one week, they played 4 times in quick succession. This nervous but spirited show at a sold-out Nag’s Head club in High Wycombe was the first, followed by a BBC radio session, and modestly attended shows in London and Coventry.

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Porcupine Tree – Acoustic Radio Session 2009 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Porcupine Tree – Acoustic Radio Session 2009 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 13:05 minutes | 136 MB | Genre: Rock, Acoustic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Porcupine Tree

Acoustic session performance December 2009 by Steven Wilson and John Wesley. Broadcast details lost / unknown.

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Porcupine Tree – Warszawa (Remastered) (2004/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Porcupine Tree – Warszawa (Remastered) (2004/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:29:47 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Hyperion Records

A live radio broadcast made on 6th April 2001 for Polish Radio Program III, Warsaw in front of an invited audience. The broadcast was subsequently CD bootlegged in 2003, which led to the band releasing their own version on the Transmission label in 2004. However, rather than using the live on air stereo mix, the official CD was remixed from the 32 channel multitrack ADAT tapes.

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Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair (1993/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair (1993/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:11 minutes | 537 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front cover | © Snapper Music/Kscope
Recorded: February, 1992 – January, 1993

Up the Downstair is the second studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in May 1993. It was originally intended to be a double album set including the song “Voyage 34”, which was instead released as a single in 1992, and other material that ended up on the Staircase Infinities EP (1994). In 2005, it was partially re-recorded, fully re-mixed, remastered and re-released along with the Staircase Infinities EP as a double album. The re-release contains a new mix by Steven Wilson, along with recorded drums by Gavin Harrison that replace the electronic drums of the original version. Steven Wilson has stated that the title of the album came from a line in the song “Voyage 34.” There is still a title track, however. Another re-release on double vinyl was pressed on 14 August 2008 on Kscope records. This is identical to the 2005 release, except it is printed on coloured vinyl and the Staircase Infinities disc contains the song “Phantoms”.

According to Wilson, Up the Downstair channeled “the Orb and the Future Sound of London, but also Floyd and Ozric Tentacles. If I liked it, I didn’t give a fuck.”

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Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (Remastered) (2002/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (Remastered) (2002/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:37 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Kscope

For the first time since their original release, they have also been remastered by PT songwriter and frontman, Steven Wilson. The new mastering has considerably less compression and limiting for a more dynamic listening experience. In Absentia was the band’s seventh studio album, first released in 2002, and was the first in a run of 3 albums that for many represent the pinnacle of the band’s artistic achievements. It was something of a breakthrough for the band, selling three times more than previous releases. Following on from 2000’s Lightbulb Sun it had a distinctly heavier tone, partly due to the addition of legendary drummer Gavin Harrison, and was also their first for major label Lava / Atlantic Records. In Absentia features many of Porcupine Tree’s most loved songs including “Trains”, “The Sound of Muzak” and “Blackest Eyes”. While not a formal concept album, many of the songs have common themes related to serial killers, youthful innocence gone wrong, and observations of the modern world, setting a template for many of Wilson’s future songs. These new vinyl editions will be released on double heavyweight audiophile 180g black vinyl presented in gatefold packaging.

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Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun (2008) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun
Artist: Porcupine Tree | Album: Lightbulb Sun | Style: Progressive Rock | Year: 2008 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 48kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 10 | Size: ~6.57 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Release: ©2008 Kscope | Transmission Recordings | Note: Not Watermarked

Some older fans looked askance at Lightbulb Sun, feeling it was verging on overt commercialism (and admittedly, the near power ballad solo on “Where We Would Be” is a bit odd!). Then again, given Wilson’s own explorations of avant-garde pop with No-Man, who’s to say why a slightly more radio-friendly stance can’t work? “Shesmovedon” may have been a single, but there’s no question who wrote and performed it — the elegant cascade of backing vocals on the chorus shows that much. Certainly Wilson hasn’t turned into Max Martin or anything — it’s still very much Porcupine Tree, in its lyrical turns of phrase and general sense of exploration. One of the best tracks on the album is the brilliantly titled “Four Chords That Made a Million,” a barbed cut on some unnamed “emperor in new clothes” beset by a “moron with a cheque book.” The lead riff is a majestic hit of flange and feedback, while the hints of sitar and Indian percussion give the song even more attractive heft. But there’s a definite bent towards calmer art pop throughout Lightbulb Sun — those who preferred the sheer surge of Stupid Dream will find this album tamer in comparison. Still, it’s hard to resist the beautiful, understated tension about a fractured friendship or relationship on “Feel So Low” or the gentle, string-touched roll and build of “The Rest Will Flow,” flat out two of Wilson’s best tunes anywhere. Those who prefer the lengthy explorations won’t be disappointed, though — “Hatesong” unfolds its sharp message over eight minutes and the string-swept, slow time explosion of “Russia on Ice” over 13. Slyest title of the bunch — “Last Chance to Leave the Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled,” which samples the videotape made by the leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult before its mass suicide in 1997.

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Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (2003) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
Artist: Porcupine Tree | Album: In Absentia | Style: Progressive Rock | Year: 2003 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 48kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 + 3 bonus + 3 videoclips | Size: ~6.7 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Release: ©2003 DTS Entertainment | LAVA Records | Note: Not Watermarked

Continuing in the growing commercial vein of their previous releases, Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia may be the most accessible release to ever spew forth from the group. Rolling electronic percussion blends with simple and solid live drumming to provide an understated backbeat as perennial Tree leader Steven Wilson pastes his complicated pop over the proceedings. Wilson’s ability to bury his layered vocals in mountains of spacy electric guitar without drowning out his fragile lyrics is still a valued feature of the music, and the rare moments of clarity that his vocals display are breathtaking in their power. A reliance on a somewhat gothic heavy metal sound makes for some bizarre moments, especially when held up against his gentler material. The best example of this is the chugging “Wedding Nails,” which recalls Dream Theater in its grandiose scope without utilizing the same sort of technical wizardry. But Wilson manages to bridge the gap between the various genres he utilizes, creating an environment where his haunting melodies could take a drastic turn at any minute. Porcupine Tree also continue their Radiohead fascination, although the influence is much less direct than on their last few efforts. Instead, it comes through at odd intervals, like the moments of sparse instrumentation on the otherwise lush “Heartattack in a Lay By.” Sonically gorgeous and deceivingly complex, In Absentia has the most immediate appeal of anything Wilson has released under this moniker up to this point. By keeping the songs at manageable lengths and avoiding the avant-garde electronica flourishes of the band’s early days, Porcupine Tree has grown into a fully realized pop group without cutting any of the elements that also make them an important force in the neo-prog movement.

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