I was browsing through my Facebook page, last night, when I saw an add for the new BLACKFIELD album, "WELCOME TO MY DNA", which has been released in Europe, and will see it's stateside release, later this month (on March 25th.)
This is the third collaboration between STEVEN WILSON (of Porcupine Tree/No-Man/Bass Communion) and AVIV GEFFEN, a controversial, Israeli singer/songwriter. If Blackfield and K-Scope Records wanted to get my attention on Facebook, they did... in addition to making a few dollars off of me. I saw that the LP "WELCOME TO MY DNA" has been released on a limited edition, numbered LP set (2000 copies), and for anyone that knows me, I have not been blessed with the ability to pass up such tempting offers. So...nearly $30.00 later, I await my new Blackfield LP. I do hope that it has a download code, otherwise they will be getting more money from me. And that doesn't even count the two Porcupine Tree concert downloads that I still need to purchase...
For those of you not familiar with Steven Wilson and/or Blackfield, here is the K-Scope biography of the band:
Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli artist Aviv Geffen.
Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that has already spawned two albums (Blackfield and Blackfield II). They return in March with their third album, Welcome To My DNA, following a gap of 4 years caused by both artists’ recent hectic schedules.
Porcupine Tree’s 2009 release, The Incident, is the band’s best selling album to date, and the band has continued to raise its profile around the world, recently playing sold out gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Radio City Music Hall. However, Porcupine Tree is just one of Steven’s several musical projects, which also include Blackfield, No-Man, and Bass Communion. Steven is also a Grammy nominated producer and mixer working with the likes of Opeth, King Crimson, and Yoko Ono. He also co-wrote and sang a song on the recent UK number one album by Pendulum.
During the gap between albums, Aviv has released his first English language solo album (produced by Trevor Horn) and has supported U2 and Placebo. The son of esteemed Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, Geffen is Israel’s leading counter-culture rock musician. A huge star in his native country, his records have been greeted with critical adulation, earning him a string of gold albums. An outspoken peace campaigner, he controversially refused to do compulsory military service, and his lyrics have been fiercely critical of the Israeli military and their actions.
Aviv has worked with various artists, including Elbow and Belle and Sebastian, throughout his career but it has been his partnership with Steven that has proved the most fertile, and both artists have been keen to return to their work with Blackfield.
The vinyl editon is pressed on heavyweight (180 gms) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and will be limited to 2000 numbered copies.
Here is the first video from the album... a catchy little ditty called, "WAVING".