UK rock stalwarts and internet-marketing pioneers Marillion have an enviable relationship with their worldwide fanbase. More than a decade before Kickstarter, fans around the world stumped up $60,000 dollars to subsidise their, on the brink of cancellation ’97 US tour ; three years later 12,000 of them paid up front for their – as-yet-unrecorded – 12th album, freeing them from the shackles of record company tyranny.
12 years on we’re patiently waiting for Marillion’s 17th album. ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’, is their first since 2008 – okay, not quite the level of patience demanded by Guns’n’Roses, or The Stone Roses – and finally during their current stateside tour, the band whetted fans appetite by road-testing two brand new songs: ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Power’. Feedback from American audiences has been broadly positive, and many fans in Europe, Asia and elsewhere have downloaded tour recordings from www.marillion.com just to hear the new material. Now the band have released the studio recording of the latter for our further delectation (link below) along with the full track listing of the new album plus details of the special edition pre-order which is still on sale:
“The sky above the rain
Pour my love
Sounds that can’t be made
128 pages of artwork & Lyrics presented in a deluxe hard back book. This collector’s edition will also contain an extra dvd disc featuring interviews with the band and a selection of tracks performed live at the Racket Club, all filmed during various stages of making of the album. Artwork has been provided by simon ward, andy wright, carl glover, marc bessant, andre kuipers & antonio seijas.”
My intial impression is that it’s definitely an ‘album track’ rather than a ‘single’; I immediately wanted to listen to it again, despite the lack of an obvious ‘hook’. Steve ‘h’ Hogarth still has one of the most characteristic voices in rock, and his words merit repeat plays. If you’re a fan of the ‘Scottish heavy metal band’ era then this maybe isn’t gonna be your cup of musical tea – it’s more like a more sombre, more mature Keane with rock balls – though I do tend to concur with some commentators that Steve Rothery’s guitar solo could have been a little higher in the mix. He may not be as inclined to let rip a-la Gilmour as in days of yore but the guy can play, dammit. But what power my words versus their notes and chords… check it out yourselves:
Really looking forward to the album now: roll on September…