Hogarth, Steve / Richard Barbieri - Not The Weapon But The Hand (Mega Blowout Sale)

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"2012 collaboration between the Marillion vocalist and Porcupine Tree/Japan keyboardist. Hogarth is best known as the frontman of Marillion, the Progressive Rock legends that he joined in 1989, following spells in The Europeans and How We Live. In recent years Richard Barbieri has been a core member of Porcupine Tree playing keyboards on all the band's albums since 1993 as well as releasing two solo albums. Prior to this, it was in the new-wave pioneers Japan that he originally came to prominence, helping to create their groundbreaking synthesizer sound..."

"Not the Weapon but the Hand is the collaboration between Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri and Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth. The duo actually worked together years ago on Hogarth's solo album, Ice Cream Genius, which was more of Marillion type of record focusing on the band's poppier spectrum and presenting more direct pieces.
This album, on the other hand, is comprised of a more experimental edge, thanks to Barbieri's abstract songwriting skills coming to the fore. Barbieri's writing and playing adopt quite a different approach here: this sounds nothing like his recent work with Porcupine Tree, except perhaps his first album with them, Up the Downstair, though even that would be a stretch. If anything, some of the material recalls his earlier band Japan: spacey synth layerings underscoring Barbieri's cinematic songs, with dark and introspective lyrics delivered by Hogarth.
The songs are as varied as they get: looped grooves are locked into hypnotic, trance-like passages, underscored by abstract noisescapes, glitchy sounds, and ghostly textures with the occasional bass line taking centre-stage. "Crack," anchors the first half of the moody album with the second; the song is informed by a gruelling bass figure and Hogarth's distorted, maniacal delivery and a focused, machine-like drum beat. What at first sounds out of place proves to be an integral aspect of the release, adding depth and colour."-Murat Batmaz
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