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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.80 | 159 ratings

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4 stars NoSound - 'Lightdark' 4 stars

All the grievances I had on the debut were mostly solved on this album. The potential I saw for them to get better in my opinion is fulfilled.

Continuing from the last track on 'Sol 29' the intro to 'Lightdark' was just akin in terms of beauty, exquisite ambience to take the mind to a heightened peaceful experience. The vocals did get much better. Giancarlo sounds pretty good when he is 'singing', but when he tries his laid back/whispering vocals, it just sounds like a huge struggle to pronounce some words. Even if the vocals were still a problem, they are very scarce on this record, the beauty that was thrown in the background on the first album is brought into the spotlight, and it shines ever so bright.

The second track 'Places Remain' was the single off the album. I actually consider it one of the weakest songs on the album, and that is not to discredit it at all, my reasons later. The stark contrast of what Giancarlo can sound like between his two vocal styles can be seen hear. The chorus features his good side, while he kind of ruins the verses with his broken English.

The other tracks were far more interesting. There is a cello on some of the tracks that adds to the beautiful keyboard work. 'The Misplay' and the end of 'Kites' show some of the finest points in NoSound's music so far, I think the cello should have a permanent spot in the line-up, the melancholy of the cello and bright keyboard samples work so well in unison, creating such a unique/diverse experience. The guitars and drums are very restricted on this album, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. The title track's guitar solo is so very Gilmourish and 'Places Remain' sounds like a Wilson solo as well, suffice to say, Giancarlo needs to find somewhat of his own guitar sound.

However, the influence that sticks out the most might be No-Man. Even Tim Bowness vocals are featured on one of the tracks, which save Giancarlo from perhaps butchering the song. The overall feel of the slow work makes it feel similar to No-Man, but not sounding like an imitation of it or anything.

Really, the only problems here were SOME of the vocal parts and some of the guitar spots. I thought this was a real nice album to relax to, or even appeal to in a downtime because of the tear jerking cello work. Excellent album in my opinion.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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