[ Song of the Week ] Steven Wilson – “Significant Other”

from the album Insurgentes (2009)

It’s been a decade since Steven Wilson set out on his own, free from the expectations that went along with releasing music with his longtime band Porcupine Tree. With a new group of musicians and no expectations attached to a name, he has gone on to release new and different exciting music which went in directions that Porcupine Tree never could have.

Insurgentes was the first record released under his own name, around the same time as the final Porcupine Tree album, The Incident, and the two sound nothing alike. Insurgentes found Wilson exploring sounds from the ’90s, with shoegaze and drone influences aplenty. One of the many highlights for me from that album is this song, “Significant Other”. It harkens back to the ’90s sound with the highly reverbed clean electric guitar line throughout the song (which reminds me of The Sugarcubes, oddly enough), as it eventually builds to a shoegazey finale.