The Incident (Roadrunner)
A sticker on the front of Porcupine Tree’s 10th studio album notes the inclusion of a 55-minute song with the same name as the album, as well as another called Remember Me Lover that appears on the second CD. Two CDs and a 55-minute song? A tad daunting. But the second CD has just four songs, and the Brit prog rockers break the 55-minute epic into 14 “movements” whose beginnings and endings subtly blend into one another very much like a 14-song album.
Steven Wilson brings his gentle vocals to the pummelling, psychedelic proceedings and sings about real-life tragic events like car accidents, drownings and religious cult activities in Texas. Stellar 12-minute opus Time Flies teems with Pink Floydesque arrangements and moving lyrics, while Octane Twisted offers up massive guitar riffage that you can bang your head to.
Porcupine Tree play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Wednesday (September 30).
Top track: Octane Twisted