Porcupine Tree: The Incident

Porcupine Tree - The IncidentThis is big. UK progressive rock quartet Porcupine Tree will release their latest album — a 2CD set called The Incident on September 15. A sampler from the album is available on the group’s myspace page. For melodic, intelligent rock in 2009, you can’t do better than Porcupine Tree. (Read my 2007 interview with PT’s leader Steven Wilson.)

And while PT’s not derivative, they do proudly wear some of their influences on their sleeve. Listen to the excerpt, and around the 4:00 mark, tell me it doesn’t sound exactly like Rick Wright’s organ washes that open “Us and Them.”

I look forward to The Incident with eager anticipation.