Ray Wilson (47) has been on the road for over twenty years now, playing grunge, rock, prog and folk pop. The Scotsman has often indulged in his love of reduced sounds at his concerts. On "Song For A Friend" he reinvents himself as an introspective storyteller in the folk tradition of the seventies.
eclipsed: Your new album is very quiet and reserved. Why did you choose this folk access?
Ray Wilson: Actually Uwe Metzler, my guitarist and songwriter, and I wanted to make a new Stiltskin album, so very rocky and bombastic. When we had recorded four or five songs, we noticed that somehow it didn't work out that well. I wanted to try something quieter that reminded me of my early solo shows. And that worked.
eclipsed: In the booklet you describe the new songs as short stories set to music..
Wilson: I would use that for all my songs. I am a storyteller, I tell a lot at my concerts between the pieces, but also in the pieces. Only if you have a bombastic rock song, people don't listen to the lyrics like that. If the pieces are arranged calmly and reservedly, however, one automatically begins to deal with the text. I wouldn't say that I wrote differently than usual, but the perception is different.