Album Artwork JPEGPorcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways

Cat No: DELEC CD/LP 028

Release Date: 30th January 1995
Reissue Date: 27th October 1997

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  1. The Sky Moves Sideways (phase one) - 18:37 (S. Wilson) - lyric
  2. Dislocated Day - 5:24 (S. Wilson) - lyric
  3. The Moon Touches Your Shoulder - 5:40 (S. Wilson) - lyric
  4. Prepare Yourself - 1:54 (S. Wilson)
  5. * Moonloop - 17:04 (S. Wilson / C. Edwin / C. Maitland / Edwards)
  6. The Sky Moves Sideways (phase two) - 16:46 (S. Wilson)

( * Extra Track on CD)

Go to TopLyrics

The Sky Moves Sideways (phase one)

We lost the skyline
We stepped right off the map
Drifted in to blank space
And let the clocks relapse

We laughed the rain down
Slow burn on the lawn
Ghosts across the lawn
Swallowed up the storm

Sometimes I feel like a fist
Sometimes I am the colour of air
Sometimes it's only afterwards
I find that I'm not there

In the dream dusk
We walked beside the lake
We watched the sky move sideways
And heard the evening break

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Dislocated Day

A dislocated day
Peers in to the ether
Counts the stars inside the sky
And flies in to the never

Looped around my eyelids
A thousand shining flecks
Pale against the canvas
Which hangs around my neck

Dislocated day
I will find a way
To make you say
The name of your forgiver

Stood beside an inlet
A starfish leads a dance
It dreams it is a human
And falls into a trance

A hole inside my body
Is wired up to a charge
Chemical imbalance
Tells me who you are

Insects hide the silence
November brings deep rain
Between the flow to freezing
And yesterday's sustain

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The Moon Touches Your Shoulder

Springtime is over
Don't head for home
Creep up the ladder
And steal over stone

No time to forget this
World's in your eyes
Sway in the cloud blur
And light up the sky

Cast off the colour
And tune in to black
The moon touches your shoulder
And brings the day back

Go to TopCredits

  • Steven Wilson - guitars, keyboards, vocals
  • Richard Barbieri - keyboards, electronics
  • Colin Edwin - bass guitar
  • Chris Maitland - drums, percussion, hum-wah

All titles published by Hit and Run Music (Publishing) Ltd.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Steven Wilson at No Man's Land, June '93 - July '94.
Additional recording at The Doghousse with the assistance of Markus Butler.

Art Direction by Mike Bennion. Photography by Claudine Schafer.
Montage by Dan at Shoevagas.

The Porcupine Tree Global Insurgence Roll-Call: Richard Allen at Delerium, Charlie and Wyndham at Real Time, Glenn Povey at Second Wave, Kozmik Ken, Jasper at Fruit Salad, Craig Roseberry, Dave Massey, Mark Radcliffe, Rob "Wiggy" Senior, Toxic Visuals, Arie Verstegen, Joe & Rolf at Semaphore, Joey Gmerek, Marc Muijen, Andre Van Bosbeke, Dan Abbott, Dave Simpson.
"The Sky Moves Sideways" is dedicated to Terumi and the spirit of Nick Drake.

Go to TopPress Reviews

Metal Hammer

Egads! The return of progressive rock! Head for the hills!
Well, not quite actually. For although one could quite easily be forgiven for thinking you're listening to the latest Pink Floyd album at times, there's no denying that whilst proggies of the past (Marillion, Pendragon etc.) have offered up a mere carbon copy of their heroes, Porcupine Tree at least imbue a modern air to their works. So, not for mainstay Steven Wilson and chums the boring land of Camel and Caravan, but rather the more experimental realm occupied by the likes of Talk Talk, The Orb and Can, lovingly moulded into a modern, rockingly good soundscape. Originally more of a psychedelic rock act (in keeping with the Delerium label), "The Sky Moves Sideways" sees the band at their most effective yet, having drifted into more obvious progressive territory. Swirling synths (courtesy of ex-Japan man Richard Barbieri) combine with Wilson's effective guitar work over admittedly lengthy works that manage to hold the attention without pandering to the usual excesses of the genre has, in the past, been horribly guilty of.
"Moonloop", the single released earlier this year, blends trance-like moods with some of their heaviest moments, whilst the two-part title track stands alongside as the strongest material on offer, but overall it's the very fact that Porcupine Tree have taken on board the progressive inclinations of the rave scene and built them into a rock context that suggests they are truly progressive in a scene normally so regressive. (Jerry Ewing)

Crohinga Well

With 1995 barely a month old, the new Porcupine Tree release popped up from under the downstair. This new (third) album "The Sky Moves Sideways" marks the evolution of Steve Wilson's symphonic/progressive modus operandi from short-ish song-based compositions to longer, wider format giving more freedom to individual instruments and permitting the adding of an experimental/jamming angle to the flow of certain pieces. I think this is a natural process for anybody who's been working as a solo artist for so long and is now discovering the possibilities of playing with a band, because yes, these days Porcupine Tree is a real band (Steve Wilson: guitars, keyboards, vocals / Richard Barbieri: keyboards, electronics / Colin Edwin: Bass / Chris Maitland: percussion) and a damn good one live on stage, as I have witnessed during the last twelve months. All of this is the reason that there are only six tracks on this new 65 minutes long CD; three shorter ones in the classic Porcupine Tree mode, with dreamy vocals, acoustic guitar play and melodic keyboard arrangements ("Dislocated Day", "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" and "Prepare Yourself"), and three very long tracks; the fantastic instrumental "Moonloop" (from the E.P.) and the title piece "The Sky Moves Sideways", which is split up into two "phases", each lasting about 17/18 minutes. Each of these three longer compositions will undoubtedly attract great adoration by devoted Pink Floyd fans, because the wealth of cosmic humming synthesises, roaring guitar lines, dramatic rhythm changes and sparse vocals that evoke memories of legendary albums like "Atom Heart Mother" and "Meddle".
"The Sky Moves Sideways" is a beautiful, harmonic psychedelic album loaded with musical subtleties that need to be examined with the headphones on: another classic mind trip from Porcupine Tree. Very recommended.


Whatever superlative you care to throw at this it will stick. This is simply a magnificent album which mixes late 60's early 70's ingenuity with 90's technology. It has been lovingly crafted and it is obvious that a lot of care and attention has been put into it prior to release. Six tracks make up the album beginning with phase one of an epic title track that consists of some fluid guitar and keyboard playing, backed by a powerful rhythm section. You are then taken off on a journey of interlocking tracks, which are a mixture of fragile, sensitive and swirling sounds that includes a new version of the wonderful "Moonloop". You then return to the main theme, phase two of the of the title track, which gently brings you down to Earth again. dedicated to the spirit of Nick Drake, this album bears all the hallmarks of a classic - miss it at your peril.

Rock 'n' Reel

With over a year spent recording, from project start to finish, it's pretty obvious that Porcupine Tree, Largely the work of Stephen Wilson, was going to be an exquisitely crafted piece.
What he has in fact produced is a masterpiece of aural artistry that articulates Wilson's momentous and compelling musical vision. The epic title track that opens and closes proceedings is a breathtaking, almost symphonic piece that slowly builds before journeying to pastures rhythmically eastern.
The same care and attention to detail, is displayed throughout as racks become detailed structures with which Wilson constructs enthralling experiments in texture, alternating between mood and atmosphere with an inventive spirit.
A momentous achievement in modern psych-rock.


Is eclecticism possible in progressive rock? Not if modern symphonic and ambient generations that stick within the narrow margins of the confined space set the standards. But English group Porcupine Tree is different and the sky is the limit on their third album The Sky Moves Sideways.
Opening with the title track that runs for over 18 minutes the musical spectrum shifts from Biosphere like ambient trance through dreamy seventies sympho (Pink Floyd) and panoramic New Wave (Chameleons) working up to a dance-psychedelia (Ozric Tentacles) and ending in an acoustic pastoral. Loads of tablas, a pumping funk bass and the whirling flute of Alquin are included. For the 45 minutes that remain singer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson and his men (amongst which ex-Japan keyboard player Richard Barbieri) wander through diverse but always guitar oriented soundscapes. They never stay in one place long and never forget the foundation of their sound; the melody. (Swie Tio)

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