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Blackfield V is the fifth studio album by art rock band Blackfield. Recorded over a year and a half period across 2015 and 2016, the album, initially intended for release on 18 November 2016, was later delayed to 10 February 2017. The album, the fifth between the musical partnership between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, is the third released as an even collaboration between the two; while Blackfield and Blackfield II were even collaborations, Welcome to My DNA and Blackfield IV saw increased writing and musicianship from Geffen while Wilson focused on his solo albums Grace for Drowning and The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).

Blackfield V
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Studio album by
Released10 February 2017 (2017-02-10)
Blackfield chronology
Blackfield IV
Blackfield V
Singles from Blackfield V
  1. "Family Man"
    Released: 8 December 2016


Background and recordingEdit

After the release of Blackfield IV and a brief tour in its support, Steven Wilson, co-founder of the group, who had already played his smallest role in the project yet, announced that he intended to leave the band altogether in 2014 to focus on his solo career.[1] While this originally left the future of the band in question, throughout the 2015 and 2016, the band's social media accounts would release pictures of Wilson, co-founder Aviv Geffen, and music producer Alan Parsons in recording sessions in the studio.[2] In August 2016, it was confirmed that there would be a fifth album, Wilson was still with the project, and he even contributed evenly to the sessions as he had with the band's first two albums, before he had begun to focus more on his solo career while Geffen took over more responsibilities for their second two albums.[3] The album had been recorded on and off over the course of an 18-month period, including sessions in both England and Israel.[1] Wilson and Geffen shared vocals, guitars, and keyboard duties, while long-time drummer Tomer Z returned to play the drum parts.[4] Additionally, the London Sessions Orchestra was recruited for the string arrangements of the album.[4] It was also announced that Parsons had produced three of the key tracks for the album.[4]

Themes and compositionEdit

The band describes the album as a loose concept album themed around the ocean and the cycle of life, flowing across thirteen songs and approximately 45 minutes of music.[1][5]

Release and promotionEdit

The album was originally scheduled for release on 18 November 2016 before being delayed to 10 February 2017.[6] No reason was cited beyond "circumstances beyond the band's control", though the album itself was complete at the time of the delay announcement.[6] On 8 December 2016, "Family Man", "How Was Your Ride?", and "Sorrys", the second, third, and fifth songs from the album, were released.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."A Drop in the Ocean"(instrumental)1:23
2."Family Man"GeffenWilson3:37
3."How Was Your Ride?"GeffenWilson3:58
4."We'll Never Be Apart"GeffenGeffen2:54
6."Life Is an Ocean"
  • Geffen
  • Wilson
  • Geffen
  • Wilson
  • Wilson
  • Alex Moshe
9."The Jackal"Geffen
  • Geffen
  • Wilson
10."Salt Water"Geffen(instrumental)2:39
11."Undercover Heart"GeffenGeffen4:02
12."Lonely Soul"Geffen
  • Geffen
  • Moshe
13."From 44 to 48"WilsonWilson4:31
Total length:44:01


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[7]


Chart (2017) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 115
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 118
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 43
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 155
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 13
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[15] 16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 48
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 54


  1. ^ a b c "Steven Wilson confirms Blackfield V date". 9 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Blackfield working on 5th album - The Prog Report". 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Steven Wilson Sets Release Of New Album 'Blackfield' ::Steven Wilson News".
  4. ^ a b c "Blackfield reveal details on fifth album - The Prog Report". 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Blackfield V detailed - Sputnikmusic".
  6. ^ a b "The New Blackfield Album "V" will be Delayed till January 20th 2017". 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ Blackfield V liner notes (KSCOPE360). Kscope. 2017.
  8. ^ " – Blackfield – V" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  9. ^ " – Blackfield – V" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  10. ^ " – Blackfield – V" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ " – Blackfield – V" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Blackfield: V" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 7, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  14. ^ " – Blackfield – V" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  17. ^ " – Blackfield – V". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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