‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ is the fourth studio album from Steven Wilson – four-time Grammy nominee and founder member of cult legends, Porcupine Tree.
Wilson describes the collection as inspired by a news story, of a woman who died in her apartment and went undiscovered for three years. The basic concept of the record it’s about a woman growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices. Now, your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, ‘Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices; no one cares about.’ But she was young; she was popular; she was attractive; she had many friends; she had family, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for three years.; The dramatic theme of Hand. Cannot. Erase. is punctuated with moments of rhythmic urgency, somber introspection, and soaring beauty.
The album is presented in an elaborately designed 96 page case-bound book, with several additional inserts – including a diary, a sketchbook, newspaper cutting, a letter etc – featuring artwork by long-term SW collaborators Lasse Hoile (photography), Hajo Mueller (illustrations) and Carl Glover (design).
– Hand. Cannot. Erase. album CD
– Original demos CD (exclusive to this edition and including music that did not make the final album)
– Blu-Ray containing hi resolution stereo & 5.1 audio (96/24 5.1 LPCM & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), seven additional alternative versions, mixes & radio edits, half-hour studio documentary, studio sessions photo gallery
– DVD-V containing stereo & 5.1 audio (DTS 96/24 5.1 & 96/24 Stereo LPCM)
The album follows the critical and commercial success of 2013’s ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ (Germany #3, UK# 28) and an international run of sold-out shows, including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Joined by Guthrie Govan (guitar), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass / stick), and Marco Minneman (drums) – all part of the world-class band that graced The Raven and the 2013/2014 world tours – Wilson recorded ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ at the renowned Air Studios in London.