Steven Wilson releases a new song today. “King Ghost” is taken from Wilson’s sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES, due out on January 29 2021 via TFB.com/Arts & Crafts. A stunningly surreal and otherworldly animated video for the song was directed by Jess Cope who previously made films for Wilson’s tracks “The Raven That Refused To Sing,” “Routine,” and “People Who Eat Darkness,” among others.
As you’d hope from a track of this title, “King Ghost” is spectral and glorious, an almost impossibly beautiful piece that arrives on a low bass pulse and centers around a haunting vocal that slides under your skin and stays like an addiction. “King Ghost” was the first track recorded for THE FUTURE BITES and is co-produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything. Bat for Lashes) and Steven Wilson.
WATCH “KING GHOST”
Steven Wilson: “‘King Ghost’ is one of my favorite tracks from the album and I think one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever come up with, powerful in its apparent simplicity. Apart from the percussion overdubs (played by Jason Cooper from The Cure, and Michael Spearman from Everything Everything) the music is entirely electronic, mostly using analogue keyboards to create luminous and organic patterns and tones. Much like the song, the video Jess has created focuses more on rich colors and expressing thoughts and feelings though more abstract images, something that takes our collaboration into new territory. It’s stunning and I’m incredibly proud of the combination of the song and the video.”
Jess Cope: “Working with Steven is always challenging, in a good way. I am constantly amazed at his ability to push the boundaries of his music as he moves with the times. I was stunned by ‘King Ghost’ the first time I heard it and it immediately inspired a certain imagery in my mind. This track encouraged me to explore vibrant color, texture and pattern. I worked with the animator I originally used on ‘Routine’; together we explored the use of ‘drawn’ animation to produce some awesome and very tactile imagery for the character in the video. We are very proud of the way both music and video perfectly compliment each other.”