Release Date: Feb 10, 2017
Record label: Kscope
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Art Rock
Blackfield sound more focused and consistent than they have in years by allowing a surprisingly optimistic vision shine through a blissful concept album. Blackfield is the most accessible band that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has been involved in, despite maintaining the melancholic tone present in his main projects. The group has been an outlet for him to shift away from progressive rock and metal in favor of a straightforward brand of art rock, while still retaining the emotional weight present in his music. V marks a return of equal songwriting credits between Wilson and collaborator Aviv Geffen, the latter being more accustomed to this style in his solo material.
In 2014, Steven Wilson announced he was leaving the Blackfield project he co-founded with singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen because his solo career claimed the majority of his time. He'd already scaled back his participation on 2009's Welcome to My DNA and 2013's IV to the degree that he was a featured collaborator rather than a full participant. Nonetheless, Wilson announced in August 2016 that he and Geffen had re-formed a full recording partnership.
Album number five from the occasional duo in which Steven Wilson is partnered with multi-instrumentalist Israeli star Aviv Geffen, and further proof, if needed, that Wilson never sleeps..