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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.82 | 149 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars

This is a progressive formation from Italy that is rooted in 2002, it started as an one man project by Giancarlo Erra, later the line-up grew and nowadays it's a five piece band. In 2005 Nosound released their debut CD Sol29 and this year (2008) their second effort entitled Lightdark.

Listening to this new album often Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd come to my mind, not surprisingly because Giancarlo Erra was the prime mover of Porcupine Tree tribute band Red Shift! The atmospheres in the seven compositions are very mellow, I would like to describe it as a blend of ambient, electronic and space rock featuring soaring keyboard layers, dreamy vocals, slow rhythms and some moving Gilmourian guitar solos, especially in the tracks Places Remained (melancholical vocals and howling guitar solo), the long From Silence To Noise (another compelling Gilmourian guitar solo), Kites (great build-up, wonderful interplay between soft violin-Mellotron waves and cello and splendid grand finale with spectacular synthesizer work, propulsive drums and wailing cello) and the final track Lightdark (beautiful strings sound and spacey guitar solo with saoring keyboards). At least half of this album (close to one hour running time) is in the vein of Porcupine Tree (Pink Floyd oriented-era) but Nosound also delivers more original material like the dark sounding Someone Starts To Fade Away, my absolute highlight and in my opinion the most original composition on this album: it starts dreamy with keyboard, piano and guitar along almost whispering vocals, then the sound becomes more lush and compelling, a very hypnotizing musical experience that is topped by a howling guitar solo, simply wonderful!

I am very curious to their next effort, if they continue to make music like Someone Starts To Fade Away, I am sure Nosound will turn from an obviously Porcupine Tree inspired band into a band with an own identity (just like Anekdoten). This is a very promising new progressive band that has delivered a beautiful atmospheric album, especially to be carried away during the late and dark hours!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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