Book review by Tim Darbyshire
‘Index’ is a newly published collection of selected artworks, many unseen before, of Steven Wilson’s various projects.
Published in September 2015 by The Flood Gallery to coincide with Steven Wilson’s two nights at The Royal Albert Hall in London, ‘Index’ is a deluxe hardback artwork collection covering the period from Porcupine Tree’s 2002 album ‘In Absentia’ through to Steven Wilson’s fourth solo album in 2015 ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’ Originally available in two editions, the sold out red covered ‘Royal Albert Hall Edition’ (limited to 800 copies), and the standard green edition.
The book contains photographs from long term Steven Wilson collaborators Lasse Hoile and Carl Glover. Lasse has been working with Steven since 2002 and Carl since 1994. As well as 340 photographs (178 of which are unpublished before), the 240 page book features an introduction from Steven Wilson and an interview in the form of an extended conversation between Lasse and Carl.
The projects covered include Porcupine Tree, no-man, Blackfield, IEM, Bass Communion, Continuum, and his solo releases. The size and style of the book fits comfortably alongside the deluxe editions Steven Wilson is so keen on producing. Of course, the quality of the images is such that it can be appreciated without being a fan of the music.