Porcupine Tree fills a great gap for those hungry for more Pink Floyd, particularly the earlier works. "Voyage 34" is a tribute actually to Pink Floyd, as hints of "The Wall" and practically the whole catalogue from the David Gilmour era make no attempt to hide.
This is fine, because Porcupine Tree are an astonishingly brilliant band and can pull it off and still be themselves. No vocals except spoken word snippets are here, leaving the music to do the soothing, soaring, tripping and floating. Steve Wilson playfully recalls the main motif from Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" during "I", and Richard Barbieri provides keyboards and synths that proudly pay homage to Rick Wright, and since Wright's passing, it becomes a flattering tribute.
There are some weird moments throughout, but mainly we get an instrumental workout with washes of guitar and loads of effects. Is it trippy? Probably, but this fan has never imbibed, so to speak. Rather, "Voyage 34" recalls the best moments of Floyd, a little of Alan Parsons and PT's own signature sound for a CD that will have classic rock fans smiling and younger fans hearing a band that can create so many different moods over their several albums. Porcupine Tree deserve to be huge, and maybe they'll catch on in the U.S. like they have in Europe.