Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 8th, 2016 - Lightbulb Ostara

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing "Lightbulb Sun" by Porcupine Tree with an Ostara IPA Belgian-Style Triple India Pale Ale with Citrus from Proper Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Porcupine Tree
  • Title: "Lightbulb Sun"
  • Recorded: November 1999 through January 2000 at Foel Studio/No Man's Land
  • Release date: July 11, 2000 (6th studio album by Porcupine Tree) (1969-04-16)
  • Record company: Snapper Records
  • Production: Steven Wilson
  • Album cover art: John Foxx
  • Personnel: Richard Barbieri (synthesizers, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and mellotron), Colin Edwin (bass, drum machine, and Guimbri), Chris Maitland (drums and backing vocals), and Steven Wilson (lead vocals, guitars, piano, mellotron, hammered dulcimer, samples, banjo, and harp)
  • Additional musicians: Stuart Gordon (violin and viola), Eli Hibit (backup rhythm guitar), the Minerva String Quartet, and Nick Parry (cello)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, power pop
  • Sound: Maybe a bit more commercial and poppier than the earlier more ambient albums and the later heavier albums, "Lightbulb Sun" is still very progressive, challenging, and engaging album building on the genius that is Steven Wilson!
  • Major themes: Rather dark lyrically and more personal, the songs delve into Wilson's own life.  Of the album he stated: "There are at least four or five songs on that record which I call the divorce songs, the relationship songs, which are all about various stages of the splitting up a relationship, of dissolving a relationship. "Russia On Ice", "How Is Your Life Today?", "Shesmovedon", "Feel So Low", I mean, the last track of the album.  The period in a relationship, where the relationship is kind of... still exists, but it's in that period where, really, there is nothing left but hatred and despise - "Hatesong" is the other one. But then on the other hand, there are groups of songs on the album which are all about various childhood... nostalgic childhood reminisces, "Lightbulb Sun" and the first part of "Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth", "Where We Would Be". So there are kind of groups of songs. And then there's a couple of songs that don't have any relation to anything else. "Four Chords That Made A Million" doesn't have any relation to anything else on the album, or anything else I've ever written. It's just that."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Lightbulb Sun"
  2. "How Is Your Life Today?"
  3. "Four Chords That Made A Million"
  4. "Shesmovedon"
  5. "Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled"
  6. "The Rest Will Flow"
  7. "Hatesong"
  8. "Where We Would Be"
  9. "Russia On Ice"
  10. "Feel So Low"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:  
  • Brew: Ostara IPA Belgian-Style Triple India Pale Ale with Citrus 
  • Style: Triple IPA
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.1%
  • IBUs: 72
  • Pour: The Ostara pours a golden honey hue with a thin, frothy, bright white head.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, tart, sweet, and slightly funky.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, lemon zest, soft banana, mango, passionfruit, pear, gooseberry, and a hint of leather, horse blanket, and booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Ostara follows the nose, but a bit more pronounced.  There are big notes of citrus (grapefruit juice, lemon juice and zest, orange peel, and tangerine), soft banana, pear, white grape juice, mango, floral hops, barnyard funk, and gin.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, fizzy, and refreshing with a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: 
"Ostara is the Old English word for the vernal equinox", which seemed very fitting to pair with the title of Porcupine Tree's brilliant 6th album, "Lightbulb Sun"!  But I didn't pair this for the title.  Rather, I feel the complex, bold, yet very inviting flavor of this amazing brew from the fine folks at Proper Brewing Company fits extremely well with the ethereal as well as powerful images and feeling that are conjured whilst listing to the mighty Porcupine Tree!!


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