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Porcupine Tree — Point 3 (.3)
Album: In Absentia
Avg rating:
7.6

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2881









Released: 2002
Length: 5:18
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Black the sky, weapons fly
Lay them waste for your race
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Steven Wilson can do no wrong.
 baronsylte wrote:

Quietly sharpening my sword, staring at you from.... Denmark
 
LOL!   This 196cm Viking plans on giving you a good run for your money!  


On a serious note.  Now if we could only persuade the rest of the world to adopt Neo-Viking Constructive Engagement as a founding principle of international relations.
The Strait of Hormuz  ..  weapons fly   light the sky
The album that started it all for me, heard first on the station that started it all for me. Thank you, RP.
 westslope wrote:

Funny, I always thought the cover art was inspired by Greek statues from Classic times.

Lasse Hoile is the Danish artist responsible for the cover.  You know those funny Danes,  live in a flat country, like to ride bicycles, have a weird sense of humour, and exhibit stellar socio-economic outcomes. 

If in doubt, blame the Danes.  :-)  
 
Quietly sharpening my sword, staring at you from.... Denmark
 pigtail wrote:
I can't take the album cover.  It disturbs me.
 
Funny, I always thought the cover art was inspired by Greek statues from Classic times.

Lasse Hoile is the Danish artist responsible for the cover.  You know those funny Danes,  live in a flat country, like to ride bicycles, have a weird sense of humour, and exhibit stellar socio-economic outcomes. 

If in doubt, blame the Danes.  :-)  
No nonsense that it is about RP playing any specific music, but it is about the flow of the music which makes me want to cry sometimes.  
I would never got to know this band without RP and since I heard it here, I bought with a joy about every album of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson and have visited his concert alredy 4 times. .
I can't take the album cover.  It disturbs me.
Hell live, just watching and no jesus for save...
Oh , what the hell an 11 .....
Props to Wilson for contributing to the Tim Smith tribute album, with his lonely lonely version of the lonely Cardiacs song Stoneage Dinosaurs.
wtf is up with the album cover?
Why?
 Hey_Porter wrote:
I have a marathon coming up and have four Porcupine Tree albums queued up on my shuffle for maximum distraction
 

Steven Wilson would be a tad disappointed that you are playing the PT albums on shuffle.

The albums were conceived, written and produced to be listened in order from the beginning to the end.   

For longer road trips, listening to 2, 3, 4 or 5 Porcupine Tree albums in chronological order works for me.  
Pink Floyd (10)->Massive Attack (8) -> Porcupine Tree (9).
My average rating in last 15 minutes = 9 =>  My mood increased by 100%
 Hey_Porter wrote:
I have a marathon coming up and have four Porcupine Tree albums queued up on my shuffle for maximum distraction
 

OK.  Watch out for the traffic.  Run safe.  
I have a marathon coming up and have four Porcupine Tree albums queued up on my shuffle for maximum distraction
After hearing this at least four times in the last week or so, I've bumped it from 8 to 9. It's really growing on me 
 {#Lol}dyharenas wrote:

wots wi da spelin dood
 

.3 x 30 = 9
 jbuhl wrote:

I just seened  his To the Bone show at the Ogden Theater in Denver and the demographic was older dudes for sure.  Very few womans.  Did see a small pack of indian guys walking around with Steven Wilson T's on, which was cool.  Good show for $35, recommended.
 
wots wi da spelin dood
 ddog wrote:

Maybe because some of us older fans grew up listening to 70's progress rock and still have a taste for it. Some younger folks may not have matured musically yet and do have a appreciation for PT.
 
I just seened  his To the Bone show at the Ogden Theater in Denver and the demographic was older dudes for sure.  Very few womans.  Did see a small pack of indian guys walking around with Steven Wilson T's on, which was cool.  Good show for $35, recommended.
 westslope wrote:
Wilson recently commented that he has many young fans in South America and India but that his fans in North America tend to be older.

Thoughts?

 
Maybe because some of us older fans grew up listening to 70's progress rock and still have a taste for it. Some younger folks may not have matured musically yet and do have a appreciation for PT.
this is where RP needs a pause button
A couple of great Pink Floyd songs followed by one of my favorite by Massive Attack followed by one of my favorite PT.

Come on man, too much winning, and I need to make a phone call. 
Wilson recently commented that he has many young fans in South America and India but that his fans in North America tend to be older.

Thoughts?
 johnalexford wrote:
Such a fan of Steven Wilson. Saw his Hand.Cannot.Erase tour last November and sat through 3+ hours of bliss. Easily in my top 5 artists.

 
Good to hear. Hope to see Steven Wilson at the Fillmore in San Francisco in May. Looking forward to it.
 sdwright wrote:
 I like this one.  And what do you think?

....... 

 
It is my favourite cut off what I believe could be Porcupine Tree's best album.   It is one of my favourite war/anti-war popular songs. 

Mind you, from Signify to The Incident, all the PT albums were terrific.
Such a fan of Steven Wilson. Saw his Hand.Cannot.Erase tour last November and sat through 3+ hours of bliss. Easily in my top 5 artists.
 RedGuitar wrote:

I first heard PT with Prodigal from this album.  Love these guys, especially the earlier stuff. Ordered Wilson's new album.

 
So what do you think?   

Took me a while to get into some songs and a couple of the lyrics strike me as lame (not fond of excessive use of clichés) but frankly, once again, Steven Wilson knocked it right out of the park as he has consistently done since the Raven album.  
dripping with content, PT creates energy...
My son once asked me to pick a song...any song, to do a sound check on a new audiophile stereo system.  I picked this one...We thoroughly enjoyed the 'test'.
Bump
 

westslope wrote:
In memory of Chris Squire.  

 


 kurtster wrote:
{#Snooty}  It revolves at 33 1/3 rpm. or 33.33333....
33.3 would actually be too slow. {#Wink}
 
. . . and 3(.3) would definitely be too slow, but I'm sure it would sound interesting . . .
I just swooned a lil bit from that Massive Attack "Angel" segue to this. Love it.
 westslope wrote:
10 since the third listen.  My favourite cut off the In Absentia album, perhaps the best album that PT put out.  

 
I first heard PT with Prodigal from this album.  Love these guys, especially the earlier stuff. Ordered Wilson's new album.


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmm, a vinyl record revolves at 33.3 rpm.
Just a coincidence, or . . . ?

 
{#Snooty}  It revolves at 33 1/3 rpm. or 33.33333....

33.3 would actually be too slow.
{#Wink}
10 since the third listen.  My favourite cut off the In Absentia album, perhaps the best album that PT put out.  
8 to 9

{#Clap}{#Drummer}
Hmm, a vinyl record revolves at 33.3 rpm.
Just a coincidence, or . . . ?
Woke up and had my morning coffee to PT and now the Sun is setting and I'm, er, WE are enjoying PT again. Thanks Bill for rounding out the day.
 westslope wrote:
In memory of Chris Squire.  

 
Yes.


Such a thrill, every single time.
In memory of Chris Squire.  
 Thin_Air wrote:
rossdogsdad wrote:
a bit like thom yorke?

same gender
 
They also both have the letters ‘t’, ‘e’, and ‘o’ in their names
 rossdogsdad wrote:
a bit like thom yorke?
 
same gender
a bit like thom yorke?
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
Any station that follows Rush with Porcupine Tree........is the greatest station in history. {#Notworthy}

 
Absolutely. There's a strong bass connection between Limelight and Point 3 (.3)!
Any station that follows Rush with Porcupine Tree........is the greatest station in history. {#Notworthy}
Rush to Porcupine Tree.  Brilliant transition.
 SmileOnADog wrote:

Does diversity not include us melanin-challenged types?  I can clap on the 2 and 4 beats so well you wouldn't even know I'm white.  Yeah I do love complex music with time signature changes, weird modal chord structures and all that (let's call it progressive, for lack of a better term) but I would never insult those who prefer music rooted in other cultures or sensibilities—or just like it simpler and from the gut (punk, rap, folk, country, any/all genres where applicable).

I'm increasingly shocked to find out that "PC" seems to be kind of a one way street...and the chilling effect it is starting to have on free speech and critical thought is frankly alarming.  People get shouted down, reasoning is out the window in some public "Justice Warrior" style encounters I've seen documented on video.  If I see more paid activists marching through the streets chanting about killing cops, I'm going to have to re-evaluate my "polite white liberal guilt" as it might be interpreted as just a sign of weakness by those who don't apparently don't share my "values" (e.g., love, humility, kindness, etc.).  The recent Milwaukee rioting incident where a black cop shot a black gun wielding man and the subsequent rioters called for "burning down the suburbs" (based only on mere rumors the cop was white and the suspect was unarmed and running away) is a wake up call for how crazy things could get once we sink to this level... https://bluelivesmatter.blue/bodycam-sylville-smith-milwaukee-shooting/   Martin Luther King would throw a fit if he saw this kind of stuff going on, and so should everyone who believes in his legacy and message.

 
Interesting comments Smile.  

The truth is that lots of brown and black people in the rest of the world (not just the rich OECD countries) also like British-style progressive rock/art rock/space rock but frankly it is largely a pasty-faced cultural phenomena.  

I personally do not have a lot of patience for political correctness.  Racism and bigotry are not acceptable excuses for political violence.  

The so-called oppressed also should take more responsibility for their own misery.   Be they Black Americans, First Nations in Canada or Palestinians suffering under the yoke of US-backed Israeli ethnic cleansing.

On occasion I have joked that my wife and I are white trash and I am amazed at the negative reaction of so many white people.  Must be a deep-seated sense of socio-economic class insecurity.   
I find Porcupine Tree music exhilarating,  life enhancing and superlative at all levels
 Love every minute.  
 westslope wrote:
Hoosfoos wrote:
         Music for white people.

White elitists to put a finer point on it.

 
Does diversity not include us melanin-challenged types?  I can clap on the 2 and 4 beats so well you wouldn't even know I'm white.  Yeah I do love complex music with time signature changes, weird modal chord structures and all that (let's call it progressive, for lack of a better term) but I would never insult those who prefer music rooted in other cultures or sensibilities—or just like it simpler and from the gut (punk, rap, folk, country, any/all genres where applicable).

I'm increasingly shocked to find out that "PC" seems to be kind of a one way street...and the chilling effect it is starting to have on free speech and critical thought is frankly alarming.  People get shouted down, reasoning is out the window in some public "Justice Warrior" style encounters I've seen documented on video.  If I see more paid activists marching through the streets chanting about killing cops, I'm going to have to re-evaluate my "polite white liberal guilt" as it might be interpreted as just a sign of weakness by those who don't apparently don't share my "values" (e.g., love, humility, kindness, etc.).  The recent Milwaukee rioting incident where a black cop shot a black gun wielding man and the subsequent rioters called for "burning down the suburbs" (based only on mere rumors the cop was white and the suspect was unarmed and running away) is a wake up call for how crazy things could get once we sink to this level... https://bluelivesmatter.blue/bodycam-sylville-smith-milwaukee-shooting/   Martin Luther King would throw a fit if he saw this kind of stuff going on, and so should everyone who believes in his legacy and message.
Two great drummers in a row (Peart then Harrison). Nice job Bill.
 hugogdt wrote:
Just had the pleasure of seeing Wilson on live a few days ago in Stockholm on one of the best live performances ever. Some PL songs in the second part of the show, awesome!! 

 
I saw him in Edmonton Canada last summer, freaking awesome.

something off my bucket list.


turn it LOUD
Now, we know why folks like living in Eastern Canada:  more concerts.  

No 2016 Steven Wilson concert in backwater Vancouver.  {#Frown}

Incidentally, bought 4 1/2 yet?  The re-do of Don't Hate Me song with Nina Tayeb singing (originally on the PT Stupid Dream CD) is great.

Jazzier.  
I just love this band/artist.  He's made an old genre seem fresh.
 hugogdt wrote:
Just had the pleasure of seeing Wilson on live a few days ago in Stockholm on one of the best live performances ever. Some PL songs in the second part of the show, awesome!! 

 
I saw him in montreal this week, and i agree wonderful show, the first part was his solo album hand.cannot.erase.  Just a great album, and a great performer.
Just had the pleasure of seeing Wilson on live a few days ago in Stockholm on one of the best live performances ever. Some PL songs in the second part of the show, awesome!! 
PT at their best!
 westslope wrote:

Yup, nothing like an aerial bombing raid to make folks feel happy......  Death from above.

That clever cuteness aside, this is perhaps my favourite cut off the In Absentia CD.  And one of my favourite contemporary songs about war. 

How are ya Deadwing?

 
I'm good Slope! Nice to see you are still out there kicking   {#Wave} Hugs for my PT bro!
 dpvest wrote:
when I hear a great segue, I just gotta pop in and say "great segue"  - seamless from Poe's Control...

 
Steven Wilson just played two nights at the Royal Albert Hall and Gavin Harrison joined the band for a few Porcupine Tree songs. Maybe there is hope after all?
when I hear a great segue, I just gotta pop in and say "great segue"  - seamless from Poe's Control...
 Deadwing wrote:
This makes me happy.

{#Music} 

 
Yup, nothing like an aerial bombing raid to make folks feel happy......  Death from above.

That clever cuteness aside, this is perhaps my favourite cut off the In Absentia CD.  And one of my favourite contemporary songs about war. 

How are ya Deadwing?
This makes me happy.

{#Music} 
Brilliant... 
Have always liked the sound of this band...and this cut makes me want to dig out some Ummagumma, some old KC, some old Kansas
Will be seeing Steven WIlson in Harrisburg PA this weekend.  He has done some great work, and his new piece, Hand.Cannot.Erase has much of the greatness of this album.

Any local peeps going?

We need to hear some PT music from their Signify CD


I spent 2009 the greater Boston area on a work project. Porcupine Tree albums formed the soundtrack for that year. Grateful to have met many great Bostonites and I will forever love PT's music.
PT is different. Subtle, interesting, enigmatic, well thought out and produced. I listen with and open and appreciative ear.
PT is different. Subtle, interesting, enigmatic, well thought out and produced. I listen with an open and appreciative ear.
If I may address myself to white people, honourable white people, and those who simply want to be white as well as those who don't care:

Is that not one wicked bass line?  

{#War} 
LowPhreak wrote:

Or not.

 
 {#Laughing}
 dwhayslett wrote:

But it has that truthiness.

 
Or not.
Great song.  Creeeeeepy album.
 LowPhreak wrote:

"Feelings" aren't facts.

 
But it has that truthiness.
 Kaw wrote:
Plays in last 30 days: 3
That feels incorrect. Every day I listen to RP I hear this track. Its not bad, but it gets a lot of play time for ages now.

 
"Feelings" aren't facts.
Plays in last 30 days: 3
That feels incorrect. Every day I listen to RP I hear this track. Its not bad, but it gets a lot of play time for ages now.
 blotto wrote:
Comments from dumb people

Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

  

 
Cool Music for all people.
Comments from dumb people

Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

  


This song is 10^2
 Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

 
Does that chip on our shoulder make you tilt?
 Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

 
White elitists to put a finer point on it.
 Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

 
Quite possibly the silliest post of the year.

{#Wink} When multiplied by 30. 

 

Rockit999 wrote:

When a .3 is a 9!

 


 Hoosfoos wrote:
Music for white people.

 
You're right!  I'm white and I like it!!
Music for white people.
When a .3 is a 9!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

True, but so is every other band in the history of music.

 
{#Mrgreen}
One of my favourite anti-war songs or is it simply a war song?

Hope everybody is feeling the effects of US strategic blunders at the gas pump (petrol station).  

On  the bright side of the Iraqi civil war, Iran and the USA may end up cooperating closely together.
 ShaunJ wrote:

Yup, you are the only one so fire up that pop schlock {#Cheers}



 

Remember this?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhto_nBqui8&feature=kp
 casey1024 wrote:
Perhaps I am the only one expecting Mr. Mister to start up Kyrie Eliason?

 
Yup, you are the only one so fire up that pop schlock {#Cheers}
{#Lol} Perhaps I am the only one expecting Mr. Mister to start up Kyrie Eliason?
 westslope wrote:
This is so much better than Rush.....
 
True, but so is every other band in the history of music.
This is so much better than Rush..... 

Hey Relayer.  I REALLY like Mr. Wilson's solo material, especially the last CD.  I have also read that the renaissance man complained of getting very bored with heavy rock. 

I would like to see him re-ignite with Porcupine while porting over his guitarist and flutist.  Maybe more.  

.3 might be 'heavy rock' but it is interesting, original rock.  Hopefully Mr. Wilson will get inspired.  The audience for Porcupine Tree is potentially much bigger.
 I second that! Relayer wrote:
Hello there Mr. Wilson.  I just wanted to let you know that all of us here at Radio Paradise have really enjoyed your amazing solo endeavors over the past 3 years, but we feel that it is time for you to collect your band mates and head to the studio before the end of 2014.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 


Hello there Mr. Wilson.  I just wanted to let you know that all of us here at Radio Paradise have really enjoyed your amazing solo endeavors over the past 3 years, but we feel that it is time for you to collect your band mates and head to the studio before the end of 2014.  Thank you for your cooperation.
I'd sure like to here Cowpie in the sky by squeal young now.
 moodfood wrote:
words alone just don't do this justice.. {#Music}  {#Yes}

 
...... the word you are looking for is GODLIKE
words alone just don't do this justice.. {#Music}  {#Yes}
 ShaunJ wrote:

I wouldn't expect Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree to be looking for musical inspiration from a Kenny Loggins pop song {#Eek}

 

 

LOL!  Thanks.  


 ziggytrix wrote:
Perhaps my memory has gone to rubbish, but isn't that base line reminiscent of a slowed down Danger Zone?

 
I wouldn't expect Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree to be looking for musical inspiration from a Kenny Loggins pop song {#Eek}
Perhaps my memory has gone to rubbish, but isn't that base line reminiscent of a slowed down Danger Zone?
{#Heartkiss} ...... luv it a lot 8 >>>>>>>>>> 9
Can't wait until SW comes back to NY
Stupendous, wondrous bass line. 
I love how this song can be playing in another room and l'lI hear the bass line and just sort of drift in to sit in front of the speakers. Very cool sounds. Thanks for playing these folks Bill!
Wow I'm liking this ...gets pretty mean and grunjeeeee nice bass line{#Notworthy}
awesome band. awesome song.
As an alternative to Radio Paradise, I have a Porcupine Tree Station on Pandora and some of the bands they pair up that I've discoved there include : Riverside, Russian Circles, to name a few. If you love this band, PT, as much as I, it is worth checking these two out. Riverside in particular (they are from Poland) are very close to PT in sonic reproduction quality and they really are very good song writers.

I also saw this in concert and was very impressed. All time favorite band to see live.
So good of them to clarify .3 in parentheses.  Here I was thinking I was missing the first two points until I saw that on the next line.
Me thinks Bill's favorite band is Porcupine Tree. This is third time today I've tuned in — and the third time a PT track has poured forth. Eh, Bill?  
 TJS wrote:
Poe to PT.  I do this at home.  I salute you, Bill.
 
I can't say that I've ever saluted Bill in the privacy of my home, but what you do is fine with me. I may try it later.
 Deadwing wrote:
{#Music}   it was very cool seeing the guys play this in a medley with Strip the Soul on The Incident tour.
 
Actually the two tracks were originally one long track, as is still audible in the bass this one opens with.
The BASS in this thing is just wicked, and the percussion, too, and I love how it stalks right up behind you and then the ethereal vocals and keys come in and...SONIC BLISS!  Thanks to RP, otherwise I likely would not have heard of nor be jamming so much to PT!
8 -> 9.  Love this song, and most of PT's stuff.
Nice!
Poe to PT.  I do this at home.  I salute you, Bill.
 ubuntourist wrote:

I had the good fortune to encounter them live, prior to hearing them on RP. They played the North East Alternative Rock Festival (NEARfest) in 2001. The concert recordings are still available for free streaming from Studio M Live https://www.studiomlive.com/nearfest2001/porcupinetree.html. (My favorites, however were the Hungarian band "After Crying" and the Italian band "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso". Sadly, the tickets for NEARfest sell out seconds after going on sale, and so, I haven't had the opportunity to get back to that.  But it was a fantastic event. RP should have a drawing for those tickets! ;-)
  

I just last week did a year by year review of Village Voice's annual poll of polls of the critics' year-end lists and only one PT CD ever appeared at all (I stopped looking after about 200 or 300th place), and that one was not even in the top 100 for the year it appeared!!  These guys have really managed to fly under the radar.  I put them very high in one of my Amazon lists, so there is justice in the world!