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3.87 | 136 ratings | 8 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In the white air (6:57)
2. Wearing lies on your lips (4:20)
3. The child's game (2:46)
4. The moment she knew (9:38)
5. Waves of time (2:07)
6. Overloaded (6:13)
7. The broken parts (6:24)
8. Idle End (9:43)
9. Hope for the future (5:57)
10. Sol29 (10:02)

Total Time: 64:07

Bonus track on 2010 remaster:
11. Idae14 (3:24)
12. The Red Song (03:57)
13. The World Is Outside (05:11)

Bonus DVD from 2010 remaster:
1. Sol29 New Video (10:01)
2. Contemplating Neptune (3:13)
3. Contemplating Mars (2:49)
4. Contemplating Moon (3:35)
5. In The White Air (6:57)
6. Wearing Lies On Your Lips (4:20)
7. The Child's Game (2:50)
8. The Moment She Knew (9:42)
9. Waves Of Time (2:12)
10. Overloaded (6:18)
11. The Broken Parts (6:30)
12. Idle End (9:48)
13. Hope For The Future (5:58)
14. Sol29 (10:02)
15. About And Credits

Total time 84:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Giancarlo Erra / vocals, all instruments, programming, producing & mixing
- Alessandro Luci / bass (2,4,6,13)

Releases information

Artwork: Giancarlo Erra

CD Nosound Label ‎- nosoundcd05 (2005, Italy)
CD Giancarlo Erra ‎- nosoundcd09 (2008, UK) Remastered
CD + DVD Kscope ‎- KSCOPE159D (2010, UK) Remastered with 3 bonus tracks and extra DVD including original 2005 album mixes plus Videos (from DVD-R The World Is Outside); New cover art

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NOSOUND Sol29 ratings distribution

(136 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
5 stars I am so happy that NOSOUND has been finally added to this site. Giancario Erra is the man who wrote and composed all the songs, as well as played all of the instruments except for the bass. He also recorded, mixed and produced it. Oh yeah, he also took all the amazing photos that are in the beautiful booklet that comes with this disc. Giancario used to be in a PORCUPINE TREE tribute band called REDSHIFT, and in the liner notes he says "A great thankyou to Steven Wilson, all PORCUPINE TREE, and Tim Bowness, you gave me hope, energies and inspiration to go always a step forward." The music on this album is mostly slower paced and spacey in "The Sky Moves Sideways" / "Up The Downstair" vein, although PINK FLOYD ("Dark Side Of The Moon") and MOONGARDEN ("Round Midnight") came to mind as well.

"In The White Air" opens with the sound of someone playing an old record. It stops a minute in as drums come in and then synths. Piano and vocals follow.This song really reminds me of MOONGARDEN, lots of atmosphere and some great bass late. "Wearing Lies On Your Lips" opens with piano and vocals before synths come in reminding me of PORCUPINE TREE as it gets quite spacey and dreamy. The soaring guitar melodies 3 minutes in are beautiful. "The Child's Game" is a short instrumental piece of not very melodic piano. "The Moment She Knew" is the first killer song on the album. Organ and waves of synths roll in sounding a lot like "The Sky Moves Sideways", then 2 1/2 minutes in the song changes as a full sound of guitar, drums and synths flood the song. It's truly overwelming and emotional. This returns again 7 minutes in and again it's so moving and emotional, like waves of bliss rolling over my senses.The guitar is blistering 8 1/2 minutes in. "Waves Of Time" is a short instrumental of literally waves of sound that slowly pulsate as keys represent the clock ticking.

"Overloaded" is the second amazing song. Strummed acoustic guitar as mellotron-like sounds flow. Vocals and organ arrive.This is very PT-like. The organ, drums and guitar melody is fantastic ! This passage is more like PINK FLOYD. More mellotron-like sounds wash in. My God ! No words just emotion at this point. Strummed guitar, synths and keys to end it. "The Broken Parts" is the third wondrous song. Strummed acoustic guitar with Wilson-like vocals. The synths are so spacey, this is like being taken to another place in my mind. Great guitar after 4 minutes. "Idle End" opens with strange sounds until after a minute when a full sound comes in played slowly. Another dreamy soundscape.2 1/2 minutes in when the guitar comes in the the full sound subsides. Soaring guitar 5 minutes in that goes on and on for 1 1/2 minutes. Acoustic guitar and synths close out this track. Great tune. "Hope For The Future" features beautifully played acoustic guitar. Synths blow in so warmly. Vocals a minute in. Mellotron-like sounds follow after 2 1/2 minutes. Electric guitar comes later. "Sol29" is the fourth absolutely incredible song. It opens with spacey, atmospheric synths for 3 minutes. Then they start to come in waves. This has to be what heaven sounds like. It's hard to believe that there is music out there that could sound more beautiful than this.

This is one of the most powerfully emotional records I have ever heard. As far as i'm concerned this is essential. By the way Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Steven Wilson are fans of this band. Check it out.

Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars If a notree fell on a noman in the noforest it just might make nosound. You've been up all night banging your head to progmetal and need to take the edge off. That's why we've made sol29.

Before I tried it, I'd read about the comparison artists, tried two streaming tracks, sol29 and Idle End, and had to have it. Actually, this one is pretty much a studio solo project of Giancarlo Erra with Alesandro Luci playing bass on three tracks. I've never heard of or heard this/these guys until a few weeks ago and am really liking what I'm hearing. Once again faced with the problem of trying to write about what I am hearing.

The comparisons made to No-Man are spot on. I went on a No-Man binge and collected far more than I should have in a sort span. Of course, you'll have no such problem with Nosound at this stage as the discography is small. I find Giancarlo's vocal style a little easier on the ears than Tim Bowness's, probably due to in part to all the Bowness I have now collected and being a PFM fan for many years (Giancarlo sings in English with an Italian accent).

Anyway, a nice up and coming progressive artist worth checking out if you like the more ambient side of prog. I'll be keeping an eye and ear on the band that has developed.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Nosound´s debut album Sol29 has really been a pleasant surprise for me. Ambient prog rock have a tendency to bore me, but Nosound makes all the right choices to satisfy me.

The music is very slow and ambient prog rock. Try and imagine Porcupine Tree playing one of their mellow ambient songs or some of the more ambient Pink Floyd songs, then you´ll understand where we are musically. Many bands have tried this and failed bigtime, but Nosound have their own sound and I think they steer clear of the worst clichés. Sol29 is a very long album, but I never get tired or bored even though the mood and style is pretty much the same on the whole album. The vocals from Giancarlo Erra are very pleasant and even though he has a strong accent, it doesn´t matter. It never gets comical like other albums with strongly accented vocalists tend to do.

There are really some killer tracks on this album and I´ll have to mention the two opening songs In the white air and Wearing lies on your lips for their strong melodies and composition. Wearing lies on your lips even has a bit of hit potential ( prog hit potential). My favorite here is the instrumental The moment she knew which is just a beautiful song with lots of nice guitar work. A song like Overloaded starts out with acoustic guitar and a prominent vocal and midway through the synths makes this song very symphonic. Very nice. The Title track is very ambient and it took some getting use to for me, but I think it´s very good even though this is the kind of song I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy. Thankfully it´s the last song.

The musicians are very competent and everything is played with emotion which is very important in this kind of music. Everyone shines so I will not point out one persons perfomance as being above the others. This is a united band effort.

The production is excellent, really big with lots of chorus and reverb. Sol29 sounds like it is recorded on top of a big mountain. Especially the synths make this sound really grand. I´m very impressed.

This is one of the best albums I have heard in this style and I´m thinking 5 stars, but Sol29 is a bit too ambient for my taste to deserve the masterpiece stamp, but it´s a big 4 star album. Highly recommandable. Especially for fans of Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd.

Review by ProgBagel
3 stars Nosound - 'Sol 29' 3 stars

Novocals please?

Obviously, I am a little annoyed by the vocals on the album. The problem doesn't lie with the voice or style, but his weak pronunciations of the English language. It kind of gives me an uneasy feeling with the singer when he is struggling at singing another language.

This is an Italian band influenced by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Porcupine Tree and Sigur Ros (taken from the band's bio). Anyone that is interested in the for mentioned bands will like something in Nosound's music.

The atmosphere that the influences have in their music carried on well through Nosound, and it is their most puissant feature. The densely layered samples, soothing bass and simplistic drumming give the album a relaxing mood in its entirety, but to discredit the band, do not expect anything twists or surprises. Special mention goes to the title track to the album. The track is the epitome of beauty, containing some of the most delicate and calming moments that I have ever heard.

The album is good for background music, a sunny day or a long drive. Without the vocals I would think better of this album, but there is always time for them to get better.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars As the David Bowie classic implies "We can be heroes", some musicians have taken it literally to emulate their heroes while relying uniquely on their own inner talents to create their own craft. We progfans certainly have our heroes but we rather worship their musical accomplishments than idolize their persona. Giancarlo Erra is a talented multi- instrumentalist from Italy that unequivocally espouses his admiration for Steve Wilson and particularly his No-Man side project, which has produced some magnificent modern prog for more than 15 years now. "Sol 29" is Giancarlo's first foray into the darker depths of psychedelia, a daring and yet hushed expanse of experimental sound techniques, perhaps even minimalist in construction but securely expressed with a radiant conviction. "In the White Air" is intensely soporific, like a devastated and exhausted body finally succumbing to slumber. Hypnotic is not the term, in fact the Michael Brook (remember him?), effect drenched guitar phrasings are absolutely in evidence here, the next two tracks continue in a monotone vein. I ache for some instant gratification, maybe a colossal melody or a resonating solo would do it and it comes raucously with the fourth piece. "The Moment She Knew" is a masterpiece epic with a slithering guitar rampage that even suggests a bluesier Steve Hillage, all awash in turbulently substantial atmospherics. Just like with the supreme choir-mellotron drenched "Overloaded", these two jewels are highly convincing prog classics, both would induce dropped Steve Wilson jaws! "The Broken Parts" falls into deep aural research, lilting atmospherics bathed by acoustic guitar and caressed by some translucent vocal melody, serene fragility gently articulated in reaching the inner depths of the soul. A thoroughly refreshing soundscape that breathes to its own pulse, seducing with a monstrous guitar journey that weaves intricately forward and higher. What intense nirvana? "Idle End" is another extended "trip" into melancholia drenched Floydian horizons but with the added early Porcupine Tree flair, that steady Mason-like beat keeping the heart going, mumbled vocals cocooning the numbness of the mood. As is his custom, Erra provides a huge 6 string tour de force, evoking all the culprits (Gilmour, Wilson, Hackett, Hillage and Fripp). The track does drag on a bit though, the psychedelic price to pay on occasion. 4 massive tracks as of now, can there be more? "Hope for the Future" certainly qualifies as another emerald, as it shows no haste in setting the mood and settling the score once again. A deliberate blossoming explodes into another cosmic rant, as the angelic choir mellotron kicks in again while soaring guitar ripples slash through the skies , very relaxed and yet despondent. Quelle audace! Ending it on a 10 minute title track coup de grace! Non e vero! ('Cannot be', in PRI language). Slowly metamorphosing a la Eno into a more melodically manageable entity, the celestial voices even evoke a dreamier Vangelis (had he stayed progressive!) and I admit being a sucker for grandiose ambient music (my Tangerine Dream collection alone has 34 titles!) . This is certainly sublime but not an easy album to listen to, requiring patience and the inherently right mood. 4.5 Radioactive Toys
Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Having started with LightDark I was a bit worried at how other NOSOUND albums would be heard. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like Sol29. It has much more of the feel of the softer side of STEVEN WILSON's PORCUPINE TREE music--the early stuff that I love so much. Also, I was quite surprised by the diversity on this album. As opposed to the near uniformity or constancy I hear and feel from LightDark, eachsong on Sol29 seems to have an identity on its own, a freshenss, too. Where I can see where LightDark came from, I am relieved to see that GIANCARLO has other directions he can (and has) chosen to explore. Highlights for me include the PT-sounding "Wearing Lies on Your Lips," the PF-sounding "The Broken Parts," the LightDark previews in "The Moment She Knew," and, "Idle End" (can't get enough of that outro). My least favorite: the HEARTS OF SPACE theme music, "Sol29." (Please don't go New Age on us, Giancarlo!)

This collection of songs is, IMO, an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

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5 stars Without a doubt, a great debut album for a band. Nosound got its inspiration in many bands but the influences I can perceive here are definitely Pink Floyd and of course No Man. This album is particularly excellent because of the musical landscapes created all the way through, paving the way f ... (read more)

Report this review (#1023586) | Posted by Memo_anathemo | Sunday, August 25, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Am I missing something here? No, not really. Indeed, I certainly wouldn't miss an album so drenched at best, in melancholy, but more like in depression. Enough to make fresh milk curdle instantly. There is enough misery taking place in the world and I thoroughly detest of adding to it - which thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#874741) | Posted by BORA | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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