Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. is the fourth solo studio album by British musician Steven Wilson. The album was released on February 27, 2015 through Kscope.
The album was recorded in September 2014 at AIR Studios, London, UK. All band members of the previous album are also featured on the new recording. When discussing the lack of Theo Travis' input on the record, Steven Wilson described the album to be less "jazzy" compared to the previous album, featuring only a few parts written for flute and saxophones. Wilson also described the album to be more reflective to all of the different material in his back catalogue, featuring electronic music elements and straightforward pop songs alongside long progressive-oriented tracks. Alongside Wilson, the album features Ninet Tayeb on vocals, and the music is heavily inspired by The Dreaming, an album by Kate Bush.
According to Wilson, the album is written from a female perspective, and the concept and story are inspired by the case of Joyce Carol Vincent, where a woman living in a large city dies in her apartment and no one misses her for three years, despite her having family and friends. Wilson explained:
"The basic story, or 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. There's more to it than that. Now, what's really interesting about this story is that your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, 'Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices, no one cares about.' [Vincent] wasn't [like that]. 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."
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