Steven Wilson is a name that many of you know by now. The British mastermind behind progressive metal legends Porcupine Tree also has a vast wealth of solo material and even a collaboration with the legendary Mikael Akerfeldt called Storm Corrosion.
Most recently, Wilson has an impending new solo album entitled, The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories), which our very own writer Orseath reviewed here, and gave it the highest honours we’ve ever given a record. In case that didn’t convince you Wilson and his cohorts (including one of the world’s greatest living guitarists Guthrie Govan) have released an amazing animated music video to accompany the title track. If this is one of your first introductions into the honest and eloquent work of Wilson then you’re in for a real treat.
The animation style is somewhat crude and simplistic, yet sublime and powerful. Despite the limited movements of characters, the level of emotion achieved through this style is tremendous. The video tells the story of an old man who is being chased by darkness. He is saved by a raven that turns into the spirit of a little girl that with the power of her light, chases the darkness away. The raven then disappears, prompting the old man to attempt to catch it.
Once he catches it, the raven refuses to warm to him, giving him trouble when the darkness appears once again to reclaim him. He is defended by a darker little girl, who is defeated by the darkness. He runs into the wilderness with the cage e is keeping the raven and tries to force it to save him. The raven refuses, causing the old man to get angry and shake the cage violently. The shift in colour palettes to a dark and deep red here is magnificent and extremely effective. The conclusion of the video combined with the intensely emotional nature of the song, is enough to make a grown man shed a tear.
This entire video from beginning to end is masterfully crafted and a true work of art. One wishes that other bands would show the same level of care with their cinematic productions as Wilson has done here, but then that would render this video less special. It also truly matches the music as both an emotional and artistic piece that resonates with both its ability to haunt and capture the beauty of innocence and humanity. Bravo!
Steven Wilson’s The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories) will be released on the 25th February via KScope Records.