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ALL THAT YOU ARE

No-Man

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.86 | 13 ratings

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TCat
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4 stars This is a 5 track EP starting off with the extremely beautiful song "All That You Are" in a slightly edited form. This is one of No- Man's most beautiful songs, simple with Tim Bowness' amazing vocals, Steven Wilson's subdued guitar and very atmospheric instrumentals. This track comes off of the album "Returning Jesus" and the full version is found on that album. The remainder of the EP contains 4 other unreleased tracks, that could have been outtakes, but are actually as top rate as the title track.

"Until Tomorrow" is Tim being accompanied by a strummed and plucked banjo. This is far from just another acoustic song though, it is another lovely example of Tim's emotional, spacey vocals which are showcased beautifully here. An atmospheric electric guitar joins in on the instrumental break, and then goes away on the 3rd verse. No percussion, just simple beauty here. "Chelsea Cap" is available on other compilations, but at the time was unavailable until this release. This one is a full band song, The chorus has harmony reminiscent of many Steven Wilson songs, and almost could have been a Porcupine Tree track, except with Tim's lush voice. On the instrumental breaks here, we are joined by a flute played by Theo Travis., who has worked with Robert Fripp from King Crimson and many jazz musicians. There is also a lovely guitar solo here too, albeit too short. Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree also joins on this track on bass.

"Darkroom" starts with a subdued piano and programmed percussion and Bowness almost whispering/singing the melody which is very dark sounding. It stays dark and mysterious until about 3:20 when percussion kicks in with synth accompaniment, then later strange guitar growls and moans come in. An interesting song with a nice, dark atmospheric mood. The EPs ends with a Lo-fi version of the 2nd track "Until Tomorrow", which could either be lo-fi as it says, or just processed to sound that way, like on an old radio or phonograph. This adds to the atmosphere of the previous track, but is mostly not necessary.

This is a great EP that might be a little hard to find, but contains some great tracks that would have fit well on any album. Most of the tracks can be found on collections, but it might be hard to find them all together as on this recording. This would be an excellent addition, even though it is short, to your prog rock collection. Mysterious, haunting and beautiful, the songs all fit together quite nicely.

TCat | 4/5 |

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