One of my favorite sections from Steven Wilson’s latest album “THE FUTURE BITES” is in the song “PERSONAL SHOPPER”.
The section is during 5:15 – 6:40 of the song.
It features Elton John reading a shopping list. The background contains a foundation of pads and rhythmic beats. Steven Wilson discussed this song and section in depth during his interview on the Sodajerker podcast.
The section also contains a layer of acoustic guitar chords played in a simple downstroke strum. It sounds like several acoustic guitar tracks were recorded, and possibly a 12-string was used. It creates a very rich sounding tone that swells over you as the chords are strummed. Steven Wilson has talked about being a fan of such rich sounding stereo acoustic guitar soundscapes. Hearing this section I instantly associate it as “Steven Wilson chords”.
Here is a transcription of the chords I believe he played:
Note the use of the “Alex Lifeson chord” that I discussed in my Power Chord Alternatives post.
Check out the song and consider incorporating this into your songwriting and playing!