New solo release from Porcupine Tree sideman / guitarist. Limited Madfish edition
For the last 9 years John Wesley has been part of Porcupine Tree’s live set up, bolstering the band’s guitar sound and performing backing vocals. In addition to this he is a respected song writer and performer in his own right.
The Lilypad Suite is a collection of songs written over the last few years and recorded recently at RedRoom Recorders in Tampa. John has described the process behind the recording of this release:
"The Lilypad Suite is a collection of songs inspired by the struggle of a young girl to come to terms with the absence of her father. The character of “Lilypad” is an amalgam of several people who, through the years, have shared with me the stories of their journeys from loss into understanding."
The mixing and mastering was handled by UK based Grammy winning engineer, Steven Orchard, who has previously worked with Porcupine Tree, Chris Cornell, U2, Jeff Beck, Kate Bush and more. Long time co-conspirator Mark Prator is on drums and engineered on the album as well, Mark really pushed into some new territories in his playing on this set of songs. Joining us on bass and engineering as well is Travis Hearne. Andy Irvine also contributed bass to two tracks.
The album was produced and co-written by Dean Tidey. Dean’s experience on the London session scene and as a touring sideman for Feeder the past several years was invaluable in pushing Mark and I to try new ideas and take the songs into some amazing places. Dean also contributes a really unique set of guitar skills that fit into the songs and the live set and give even our older material a fresh and new sound.
Release Date 5th September 2011
The Madfish edition features 2 bonus tracks not available on the edition that has been on sale from the artist’s website and comes packaged in a jewel case with slipcase.
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