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STAIRCASE INFINITIES

Porcupine Tree

 

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3.81 | 170 ratings

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siLLy puPPy
4 stars Originally intended to be released as a double album with the previous year's "Up The Downstair," the end result was that the material left over from those sessions was released as an EP in 1994. This 30 minute collection of five tracks is much in the vein of "Downstair." It continues the pathway that Steven Wilson chose to develop the psychedelic rock strand of his creative forces. Despite being similar to the previous album in spaciness, this material is a lot mellower as I don't hear as much Ozric Tentacle influenced electronic tendencies nor as many upbeat songs. These tracks are slower and trippier with long drawn out spaced out passages. There is percussion to be had but all is set on chill mode.

I actually find the five songs on this EP to be of slightly higher quality than "Downstair." I love the chord progressions. I love the tasty guitar solos and effects. It seems like Wilson had developed down his own path a little bit more so even this was created roughly at the same time of "Downstair" it really sounds like it could have been recorded a year later. It also seems like the gateway to the next album "The Sky Moves Sideways" where I hear all those rhythms, patterns and spacey electronic effects ratcheting up a few notches. Although this was originally released as an EP, I acquired it as a double album on the 2005 remastered version of "Up The Downstair." Spacey, relaxed and stimulating at the same time.

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |

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