Porcupine Tree – Coma Divine

It’s funny how some things come full circle. When CDs were introduced, many albums originally released on vinyl were rereleased on the then new digital format. Today, many recordings previously released only on CD are being pressed to vinyl.

Coma Divine was recorded live in Rome in 1997 and released later that same year as a single CD. Years later, it was expanded to two CDs and reissued. Eventually, with the resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records, the band finally rereleased it as a three album set in 2012.

Porcupine Tree’s music, and more especially this album, seem pefectly tailored for an analog medium, even though their music gained popularity, and this recording first came out, in a strictly digital age. Meloncholy songs that merge unnoticed into an extended guitar solo lathered in slides, bends, and an occasional drenching of wah pedal.  Vintage synthesizers resonating obscure ebbs and flows alongside sequenced electronics. One can’t help but think of Pink Floyd in their finest hour. Then again, this is nothing like Floyd. This is truly original music. This is music that contridicts itself on the surface but languishes in unification at its core. This is modern vintage music. Coma Divine.