British rock band Porcupine Tree return in 2022, after a hiatus of over a decade, with a new studio album Closure/Continuation and dates in place for a UK/European tour.
Porcupine Tree are Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison, a hugely influential, ‘genre-defying’ rock band dreamt up by Wilson in 1987 as an outlet for experimental recordings he was making outside of his synth-pop duo No-Man. They released ten albums between 1992’s On The Sunday of Life and 2009’s The Incident, including the critically acclaimed In Absentia from 2002. Following their biggest live show up to that point at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2010, it all went quiet.
The new album, Closure/Continuation is described as being “over a decade in the making” and you can preview a track from the album, Harridan, below.
The band have the following to say about it:
“’Harridan’ and a few of the other new songs have been in play since shortly after the release of The Incident. They initially lived on a hard drive in a slowly growing computer file marked PT2012, later renamed PT2015, PT2018, and so on. There were times when we even forgot they were there, and times when they nagged us to finish them to see where they would take us. Listening to the finished pieces, it was clear that this wasn’t like any of our work outside of the band – the combined DNA of the people behind the music meant these tracks were forming what was undeniably, unmistakably, obviously a Porcupine Tree record. You’ll hear all of that DNA flowing right through ‘Harridan’.”
Closure/Continuation is a seven-track album (the track listing hasn’t been revealed) and will be available on CD, 2LP black vinyl, 2LP blue vinyl, cassette and as two limited edition box sets (3LP or 2CD+blu-ray).
The limited edition 3LP box is a 45RPM pressing on audiophile approved crystal clear vinyl and includes two bonus tracks.
The 2CD+blu-ray deluxe set includes three bonus tracks, instrumental versions, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos versions plus hi-res 96/24 stereo. This comes in a large format art book presentation.
The box sets, the 2LP blue vinyl and the cassette are exclusive to the Official Porcupine Tree Shop. JPC in Germany have a worldwide exclusive on a sky blue 2LP vinyl version and a white vinyl 2LP set is available via indie stores including Rough Trade in the UK.
The bad news is that the album isn’t released until June next year and those tour dates will follow in October/November 2022. The good news is that all pre-orders at the official shop offer access to pre-sale tickets for those UK and European dates. Dates for the Americas and Canada will be announced shortly.
Closure/Continuation will be released on 24 June 2022 via Music For Nations/Sony.
- Pre-order 2LP sky blue vinyl from JPC in Germany
- Pre-order 2LP white vinyl from Rough Trade in the UK
- Pre-order 2lP white vinyl from Rough Trade in the USA
Browse the Official Porcupine Tree Shop for formats and bundles
- Closure/Continuation 2CD+blu-ray large format box
- Closure/Continuation 3LP clear vinyl 45RPM box set
- Closure/Continuation 2LP blue vinyl