Even Less (7:09)

Cover of Warszawa

From Warszawa and 17 other releases

Steven Wilson said of “Even Less”: “That track originally was seventeen minutes long and was recorded as a seventeen minute long track, and it had everything on it. Just ridiculous amounts of overdubs on that track.”

The song was first released as a one-track promo tape delivered to record stores in order to promote the album. The promotional cassette came in a plain white sleeve with the words “Who Is This?” written in ink and a number 1 in the top right hand corner.

Eventually, Wilson only used the first half of the song on the album. The second part of the song was added as a bonus track on the CD single of “Stranger by the Minute”, and the full-length version can be found on the Recordings album, the Stupid Dream 2006 DVD-A reissue (in 5.1 Surround Sound) and the 2LP reissue. The demo version of the song could only be found in the special edition of the “Four Chords That Made a Million” single and was around 15 minutes long with quite different lyrics.

At the end of the track a woman can be heard repeating the pattern of numbers: “0096 2251 2110 8105”. About these numbers, Wilson stated: “The counting in ‘Even Less’ is taken from a recording of a shortwave numbers station. It is understood that these stations are used by intelligence agencies to transmit coded messages to overseas operatives, although no government agency has ever acknowledged the existence of these stations or what their actual purpose might be. They are virtually impossible to decode without the key since the message and its key are generated at random.

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  • Ennish

    When the full band suddenly comes in during the intro, it gives me life.

    6 Apr 3:53am Reply
  • whatwillburn

    Sonically the template for The Raven That Refused To Sing so i hope he makes some PT like this again one day...

    27 Feb 11:53pm Reply
  • theytsejamer

    There was another version of this somewhere..even less part 2...not the recordings one as that is just the full version..anyone know about part 2? // Part 2 is in the "Stranger by the Minute" Single. In the Full version runs about 7.00 to the end.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ShanD

    "full version" rules, but I love the numbers station outro from Stupid Dream.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • scientist4u

    More music needed from these guys , !!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    One of the best PT tracks. The full version that is.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • docdream

    Beautiful!

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • crazy4u_

    .. oh, yeahhh..!!.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BlackSabbath86

    I know where the numbers come from.

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • drummgenius

    If you want the shorter version just listen to Arriving somewhere...

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • drummgenius

    Edit? It's the full version. 14:28 long?

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Genesis-girl

    TERRIBLE edit on Octane Twisted!! SHAMEFUL!!!!

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • immortal-well

    The only version of this song you need is the 14 minute version. Magical [2]

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sub-realist

    The only version of this song you need is the 14 minute version. Magical

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Dezander

    Number stations are so creepy... I get chills at the end of this song

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • filas312

    Demo version on "Ambulance Chasers" is eargasmic. Different lyrics, hello! Hell, every version is wonderful.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Goldfoot

    I'm with magpie, I prefer the version from Recordings. The drums in the extended portion are amazing.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • CowpieDude

    Good song

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    There was another version of this somewhere..even less part 2...not the recordings one as that is just the full version..anyone know about part 2?

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • magpie_1862

    The drumming in the recordings version... YES

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
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