“Not prog, but always progress.”
-THE GUARDIAN (4/5)
“Despite its dark, cautionary subject matter, The Future Bites is Steven Wilson’s
most powerful and commercially appealing set to date.”
-AMERICAN SONGWRITER (4/5)
“It’s highly accessible music, yet — contrary to its theme —
there’s nothing corporate or cynically commercial about it.”
-UNDER THE RADAR
“The Future Bites is a bold, captivating, and fulfilling statement as only Wilson could create,
resulting in another testament to his singular and invaluable brilliance.”
“A great grown-up pop record…Wilson’s solo work has seen him embracing dance, electronica and pop, and becoming all the better for it.”
“Maverick meta-pop…the great white hope of 21st century
Brit-prog ventures deeper into pastures new.”
“ATTENTION ALL PASSENGERS: Be advised that STEVEN WILSON is an artist.
He’s not your musical bitch. If you can’t f**cking deal with that,
feel free to pull the emergency brake at any time and exit.”
Groundbreaking musician/songwriter/producer Steven Wilson has announced today’s eagerly anticipated release of his acclaimed sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES, available everywhere now via TFB.com/Arts & Crafts. THE FUTURE BITES is available on all digital platforms, along with vinyl, CD, and a limited-edition deluxe box set that contains CDs of the album, an instrumental version of the album, bonus material (including six additional songs and several reworked versions of album tracks, among them a 19-minute extended mix of “Personal Shopper”), a cassette of demos, and a Blu-ray featuring videos and Wilson’s own 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of the album (marking THE FUTURE BITES as the first contemporary album to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos).
THE FUTURE BITES includes such remarkable new tracks as “12 Things I Forgot,” “King Ghost,” “Eminent Sleaze,” and the epic first single, “Personal Shopper,” the latter of which is joined by an equally ambitious official video streaming now at Wilson’s official YouTube channel; additional videos – as well as a striking trailer previewing the album’s provocative themes of high-concept consumerism and post-internet evolution – are also streaming now via YouTube.
TO “12 THINGS I FORGOT”
THE FUTURE BITES TRAILER
Co-produced in London by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), THE FUTURE BITES sees Wilson exploring contemporary addiction and the lasting effect of ever-increasing technology on our daily lives. The album marks his most inventive and far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, and so much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft and this one-of-a-kind artist’s always unique creative vision.
Hailed by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke for his “fighting spirit and truly progressive ideals in rock composition, group improvisation and emotionally authentic storytelling,” Wilson recently launched an official THE FUTURE BITES
webstore, featuring a fully imagined consumer universe. The website will crack a door open onto a wonderful world of purchase power, a place where everything is marketable and nothing is too random or too moronic to be considered valuable. Inspired by notable 21st
century artifacts like the Virgil Abloh ceramic block or Vitality Air’s canned Canadian oxygen, THE FUTURE BITES website is a fully imagined consumer universe (built-in collaboration with Baby
and Crystal Spotlight
) designed to be accessible and addictive to anyone from the casual fan to the hardcore collector. The site will feature regular drops of limited edition merchandise over the coming months, showcasing anything from a slogan shirt to a branded hole punch.
In addition, Wilson recently unveiled a truly unique – and now sold-out – special edition of THE FUTURE BITES. Limited to 1 of 1, ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA retailed for £10,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the Music Venue Trust
to help save grassroots music venues in the UK adversely affected by COVID-19. Simultaneously the apotheosis of modern consumerism and the ultimate Steven Wilson collectible, the bespoke package collects THE FUTURE BITES LIMITED EDITION DELUXE BOX SET
alongside previously unheard music (including a one-sided 7-inch single with the exclusive track, “The Tastemaker,” limited to an edition of one and never to be released anywhere else), conceptual artwork, handwritten lyrics, and such rare items of personal ephemera from Wilson’s personal archive as six laminated AAA passes for various tours between 2011-18 and his GRAMMY® Award nomination certificate and medal honoring 2011’s GRACE BEFORE DROWNING for “Best Surround Sound Mix.”
THE FUTURE BITES WEBSITE
THE FUTURE BITES
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: January 29, 2021