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Hear Steven Wilson’s new song, ‘Anyone But Me’

Outtake from The Future Bites sessions

Steven Wilson has today made available a new song called Anyone But Me.

This track was originally set to close The Future Bites (the album was actually mastered and cut with the song in place) but the delay in releasing the album (from June 2020 to January 2021) gave Wilson the opportunity for a rethink and he replaced it with what he describes as the “more laid back and atmospheric” song ‘Count of Unease’.

Lyrically it’s about how it’s now possible to present to the world a version of yourself via social media that may have no bearing on reality

Steven Wilson

A demo of Anyone But Me was actually included on the cassette – sorry, obsolete media – in the limited edition deluxe box set of The Future Bites, but this is the first time the full studio cut has been made available.

Steven Wilson had the following to say about Anyone But Me:

“Lyrically it’s about how it’s now possible to present to the world a version of yourself via social media that may have no bearing on reality – photos of yourself in places you’ve never been, hanging out with friends you’ve never met. It’s becoming more important to create the illusion of a desirable life on social media than it is to actually live it”.

‘Anyone But Me’

There is no news of a physical release for Anyone But Me, but SDE will keep its ear to the ground.

Personally, I think Steven made the wrong decision to remove it from the album. It’s a strong song and would have provided a rather sad and wistful ending to the album. What do you think? Leave a comment. As a reminder, here’s ‘Count of Unease’:

Anyone But Me credits: Steven Wilson – synthesisers, piano, hammond organ, acoustic guitar, bass, vocals David Kosten – programming Fyfe Dangerfield – vocals Michael Spearman – drums String arrangement by SW, performed by the London Session Orchestra conducted by Guy Protheroe

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Tracklisting

Steven Wilson / new album The Future Bites

The Future Bites Steven Wilson /

      1. Unself
      2. Self
      3. King Ghost
      4. 12 Things I Forgot
      5. Eminent Sleaze
      6. Personal Shopper
      7. Man of the People
      8. Follower
      9. Count of Unease

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