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- The Black Noodle Project was rooted in 2001 and started as a one man project with Jérémie Grima as the brainchild. He was born in the suburb of Paris and was to record personal musical wishes totally disconnected from a band inspiration. After a few months of searches some tracks came out. In the middle of 2002, The Black Noodle Project started to become a genuine band. Jérémie created songs and songs until proposing a demonstration full of 11 tracks. Against all odds, some labels ovated the album "Dark Smiles". It finally landed on the desk of a French label Musea Records which propose to manage the distribution on the French market in 2003. Recording a new album became the very first motivation for Jérémie. With the help of Bertrand Pinsac and Laura Sénéchal, Jérémie decided to create a label based on partnership relations called B-Smile Records. Under this name, albums were produced in an independent way and The Black Noodle Project was its first signature. And then the second album "And Life Goes On." was launched in 2005. During the recording Jérémie asked friends as musicians to give their experience and lead the album to perfection. Thus, Arnaud Rousset drummer for the band Brainstore, Antony Létevé, bass guitar for the band Spectrum of Oblivion. and Matthieu Jaubert on keyboards joined Jérémie lead guitar and vocals. "And Life Goes On." was recorded at the Art Evolution studios in Vanves during the hottest nights of the last summer. Five shorts and intense weeks but with a great satisfaction : the birth of the first album also managed by the "all mighty" Elad Berliner, sound manager. For personal reasons, Arnaud left the band but was immediately replaced by Franck Girault. And then, The Black Noodle Project decided to welcome a second guitarplayer named Sébastien Bourdeix. In 2006 The Black Noodle Project released thier third effort entitled Play Again, it's also distributed by French progrock label Musea.
- The music on the third album sounds like a pleasant blend of 70-73 Pink Floyd, some Porcupine Tree and the melancholic progressive pop from bands like Eighties The Cure and Radiohead and even Coldplay. The emphasis is on atmospheres and emotion,it often sounds very compelling with wonderful work on the violin in some tracks along soaring organ and sensitive electric guitar.





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3.86 | 38 ratings
And Life Goes On
2004
2.77 | 16 ratings
Stereoscope
2005
3.16 | 30 ratings
Play Again
2006
3.71 | 42 ratings
Eleonore
2008
3.62 | 12 ratings
Play Again - rerelease
2009
3.80 | 68 ratings
Ready To Go
2010
3.84 | 38 ratings
Ghosts & Memories
2013

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3.77 | 4 ratings
And Live Goes On.... In Poland - DVD + CD
2009

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4.04 | 8 ratings
Dark & Early Smiles
2011

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 Ghosts & Memories by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 38 ratings

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Ghosts & Memories
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars So here is the latest album from French group The Black Noodle Project, one that sees them stay firmly in the realm of Pink Floyd, yet becoming more atmospheric, and at times darker and heavier, than previously. I have been in contact with these guys since the very first release, and the more I listen to them the more I enjoy what they are doing. Some may argue that when one is so heavily influenced by another group then that questions the very validity of what they are doing themselves, but there are many within the genre that have a similar approach, and as long as the band are attempting their own style within the field of influence then I don't have a major issue with it. Yes, there are passages within 'Ghosts' that could have come from 'Dark Side' and these do seem a little close to the mark, but generally this is another fine album from a band who are consistently releasing strong albums.

The vocals have taken more of a back seat with this release, with an emphasis on the atmosphere and overall feel and the vocals become part of that as opposed to being an important presence: they are just another instrument to be used. In many ways this is a hard album to judge, as if I was not aware of anything that had been released by Pink Floyd then I would be hailing this as a masterpiece, particularly with songs such as the brooding and oppressive 'A Purple Memory'. But, given that I, like many progheads, own all of Pink Floyd's releases I have to gauge this in relation to those. Conversely, I also need to factor in just how much I have enjoyed playing this as opposed to who may have been an important influence on what they are doing. Simply put, if you enjoy the style of mid-Seventies Pink Floyd and you don't worry that it isn't been performed by the boys themselves then this is essential. Nothing more or less.

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 Ghosts & Memories by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 38 ratings

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Ghosts & Memories
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars Through repeated listenings, the comparison of The Black Noodle Project to Pink Floyd remains at the forefront of my perception of their music. Primarily in song and chord structure, the similarities to Floyd are too strong to be ignored. More than just passing references, rhytmic and chord structures seem to be lifted from "Animals" and "Wish You Were Here" primarily, and various other PF works to a lesser extent.

What separates this from being a straight up Pink Floyd clone are the harsher tones this band uses to perform the pieces. To me, it sounds as if Karnivool, or a band like them were performing Floyd tracks. This is not altogether a bad thing. The music is quite powerful, and creates an enjoyable listening experience.

Were it not for the prevalent Pink Floyd overtones, I might give this 4 stars. But the derivative sound of the album reduces theb rating to only 3 stars.

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 Ghosts & Memories by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 38 ratings

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Ghosts & Memories
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Raccoon

4 stars I seldom write reviews, but here I make an exception. To define Ghosts & Memories in a genre would be... Psychedelic Post-Rock, in my humble opinion. This hidden gem only claims 7 ratings so far, all of which are high. I noticed the great ratings with little reviews, so credit's due to Second Life Syndrome's break- down of this album. Because of which, I listened. There's a bit of Floydian in the soundscapes, but not enough to deem The Black Noodle Project clones of any sort. Hugely influenced by Post-Rock, the guitar builds on suspicious, eerie chords progressing towards its grand conclusion--relaxing, powerful, and hypnotic. The use of repetition only lures the listener deeper into the music, adding layers of instruments (whether it be floating keyboards, screaming guitar, or rhythmic drums) every cycle. For me, this was the first Black Noodle Project album I've heard and what a great start to this amazing French band.

As Second Life Syndrome said, 'They Live, We Sleep' is "a great representative of the whole album." 'They Live, We Sleep' is posted on Youtube, with a fantastic video representing the song. Footage of vintage companies including Pepsodent, Chevrolet, etc. leading up to the mighty guitar which can only be represented by real footage of an atomic bomb ripping through test-site households. With dreamy soundscapes leading to an exploding guitar, I can't compare this album to anything out there. This style should appeal to anyone, whether you like your instrumental music calm and collected, or manic and chaotic. Some moments reach such heights, you'll never forget the riff. After the song's over, after the album's over, you'll still remember these brilliantly-crafted, cloud-reaching riffs.

The only flaw keeping this album from perfection is how each song sounds similar. Overall, Ghosts & Memories plays out like one towering song. Sitting at 49 minutes, some listeners may not be patient enough to listen through its entirety. Only on a few occasions do we sample Black Noodle's vocals. This is merely used as another instrument, never focused on singing, which creates a cohesive sound throughout. With the atmosphere already laid out, the vocals only add to it. Once in a while, you may not even realize there's someone singing!

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 Ghosts & Memories by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 38 ratings

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Ghosts & Memories
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

4 stars No matter how I try, I can't get over how much I like this band's name. The Black Noodle Project hails from France, and they play a great psychedelic form of prog. Now, I've heard two other releases from them, "Play Again" and "Eleonore". Both of those albums are great. However, I will definitely say that this new album "Ghosts & Memories" is the best of those three.

If I had to be rather technical, I'd called TBNP "psychedelic post rock". Well, at least on this album. I love that about them, as they do experiment and try to progress their sound. I am very impressed with their seeming post rock style on this album, as their roaring, yet somehow delicate, guitar lines have a very long, overarching structure to them. The songs climax in glorious, epic moments that you will certainly remember after the album is finished.

As I said, TBNP uses a hauntingly rough guitar sound, but they also use great, mellow synth, gorgeous piano, some electronic elements, and a marching, well-paced drum style. I think that "They Live, We Sleep" is a great representative of the whole album, as it contains all of these and also some great high-tuned, wailing guitar work. That said, every single track on "Ghosts & Memories" is wonderfully written and performed. There is no filler, even in the tracks with longer structures, such as "The Wanderer of Lost Moments".

Emotion and ambiance rule the day here, as the seemingly sorrowful nostalgia that we experience is quite heavy at times. The vocals that appear here and there are very nice, and I really wish there would have been more, honestly. If there is one thing I can fault on this album, it would be the under-utility of the vocalist. The rest of the album, though, does make up for this for the most part, especially such amazing tracks as "The Owls (Are Not What They Seem) and "Shades of Tomorrow" (possibly my favorite). Climbing, ever climbing, guitar melodies and the persistence of spacey, haunting feelings keeps this album alluring and fascinating.

I am supremely impressed with the imprint that this album leaves on me after I hear it. It is dark, creative, and just plain interesting. Foreboding at times, warm and cozy at others; this album is quite a ride that will make you think about it for a while afterwards. The great guitar hooks, the ghostly atmospheres, and the roller-coaster ride of melody all add up to a wonderful experience that will definitely keep you coming back to this album time and again.

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 Play Again by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.16 | 30 ratings

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The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Formed in 2001 by guitarist and singer Jérémie Grima, The Black Noodle Project are already back with their second album, following on from 2004's 'And Life Goes On'. I enjoyed that album, and was in contact with Jérémie at the time, and am pleased to note that the second album continues in the vein of the first but is also moving forward into new directions. That the band is very influenced by Pink Floyd is never in doubt, yet there is much more coming into the music as the band continue to develop. There are some female vocals taking the lead at times, some violin here and there, and the band have also moved into Muse territory and Porcupine Tree with some hard hitting guitar. This is a band that are still moving onwards but this album is a step change on from the last one, and I enjoyed that! Here there is much more power and depth, so that the listener gets more out of it each time that is played ? and it certainly does repay repeated listenings.

By going onto their website it is possible to play some of the songs, and is definitely worth trying out as the band move away from the pure Floydian emphasis (although that is here as well) into something that has more bite and edge. www.theblacknoodleproject.com or www.musearecords.com

Feedback #89, 2006

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 Ready To Go by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.80 | 68 ratings

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Ready To Go
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars In many ways this is one of the most diverse albums that TBNP have come up with yet. There are still the Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree influences but the guys have also turned it up a little more so that the intensity and guitars have that little bit more edginess than usual. There may be some who think that this is going to be an ethereal and delicate album as suggested by the album artwork, and indeed there are some numbers that are in that vein, but this is again an album that brings the term 'rock' crunching back in at the right moment. Jérémie sent me this album to listen to at the same time as the collection of demos, and it is interesting to compare the two and see how the band have changed since those early days. Undoubtedly the biggest change is the in the confidence of all those involved, and this in itself allows the band to spread their wings without going too far.

The band do not try to hide their influences, but they are the starting point and not the end product. They have matured and the result is yet again an extremely solid accessible album that all progheads will enjoy. www.theblacknoodleproject.com

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 Dark & Early Smiles by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.04 | 8 ratings

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Dark & Early Smiles
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars When I was first in contact with J'r'mie Grima back in 2005 I wasn't aware that he had already released an album under guise of The Black Noodle Project called 'Dark smiles..', but it was really a collection of demos to gain the attraction of record labels. It did the job as he was soon working with Musea and put together a proper band to record the music, and hence their album 'And Life Goes On..' was released. Fast forward a few years and it was felt that the time was right for a double disc compilation of the demos that formed that album plus more, so the result is a two CD set of cuts from 2003 ' 2005. One has to say that they do not sound at all like rough versions as these could all have been released in their own right. Back then I asked J'r'mie what his main influences were, and as well as citing the obvious Pink Floyd he also pointed to The Gathering and to movie soundtracks. He stressed that he wanted to be thought of as a musician that could use just a few notes to convey emotion as opposed to thousands and mentioned Slash and Tommy T. Baron (from Swiss metal act Coroner).

As with all of TBNP's albums, there is a wash of symphonic keyboards a la Floyd but the guitar cuts right through all of it in an extremely heavy manner, providing a dynamic all of it's own. It may be too rocky for fans of Floyd, but for me this really hits the mark. This is prog with a passion, and this should not be viewed as a set that is only of interest to those who are already fans but instead is a great way to start listening to them as these two discs show a band that even in their very early days were hitting the ground running. These guys are easily my favourite current French prog act. www.theblacknoodleproject.com

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 Stereoscope by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.77 | 16 ratings

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Stereoscope
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

2 stars As for the debut, also this album has strong connections: the first names that I have in mind are PINK FLOYD of the middle period, MOSTLY AUTUMN instrumentals and even MARILLION, so that I'm not 100% sure that psychedelic/space rock is the best fit for this band. Let's add that "STEREOSCOPE" is not properly a Black Noodle Project's album, but also the name that two members of BNP gave to this temporary duo, so it could be considered as a different band.

"The Typewriter" is an intro based on acoustic guitars, so folk to sound like BRYAN JOSH. Very nice, slow and melancholic.

"Clouds At End" is very Floydian. Piano and acoustic guitars sound like the late PINK FLOYD of the Division Bell and also the vocals are not dissimilar from Gilmour or Wright. As a Pink Floyd addict I can't not like this song.

"A Minute of Eternity" starts with the same chords of NEIL YOUNG's "The Needle and Damage Done", but develops in a very different way. It has a bit of country-rock flavor anyway even if of the kind familiar for Pink Floyd, too. The vocal effects remind me "Point me at the Sky".

Also "The Girl In The Paper" starts with chords not very original. I don't know what is, but in this song there's something that identifies them as French. A nice neo-prog song. I wouldn't be surprised to hear it played by the MARILLION of Steve Hogarth.

"Sleeping With U" is almost the same song...not better or worse than the previous, just more pop-oriented.

"Open Book" seems to be part of a suite as it's quite similar to the previous two, but finally we have different chords and a good guitar solo in MOSTLY AUTUMN's style (that's a Pink Floyd style).

"1+1+=2" Proceeds on the same line: a slow song based on a rhythm acoustic guitar, Gilmour-like solos and vocals like SIMON&GARFUNKEL. The dissolving echo on the word "dreams" is not enough to sound Floydian.

acoustic guitar again....well it's a guitar duo so what can you expect? Probably something like the first two promising tracks. Similar to the acoustic moments of PORCUPINE TREE, specially in the vocals. If you are not already bored by this album, let's skip "Eva" and go ahead.

"The Sun in Your Hair" at least starts with piano but on a very trivial melody. All this sweetness can lead to diabetis...

"The Beauty With The Colt" comes unexpected. It demonstrates that mentioning Neil Young was not too absurd. This song sounds like a classic country song. Why didn't they put a banjo inside? If it has to be country let's make it as it should be.

"Upon a Sky Corner" sends us back to prog. The intro based on minor chords sounds like the slowest moments of prog-metal bands. I have RIVERSIDE in mind, even if the guitar has a lot of David Gilmour.

After all this anti-insomniac music calling the closer "Good Night" sounds like a joke. The song make me think to PT's "Feel So Low", but not SOOOO good.

A frankly boring album with some good song and a lot of forgettable material. Each song taken on its own can be listened, There's nothing particularly wrong with this album if not the album itself.

Too much boring and trivial to have more than two stars. It's a pity because the first two tracks are not bad.

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 Eleonore by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.71 | 42 ratings

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Eleonore
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I first heard from singer/guitarist Jérémie Grima back in 2005 at the time of their second album 'And Life Goes On..', and we were in regular contact for a while but lost touch after I moved to NZ. That may explain why it is only now that I am writing about this their fifth album, from 2008 (since this they have released a CD/DVD live set, another studio album, and a double disc of early demoes ? these are busy boys). Anyway, The Black Noodle Project have long been one of my favourite French prog acts and this was an interesting departure in many ways as before this album was recorded keyboard player Matthieu Jaubert left the band and wasn't replaced. The line-up therefore was just Grima, Anthony Leteve (bass), Sebastien Bourdeix (guitars) and Fabrice Berger (drums) ? yep, no keyboards.

Now back in Feedback #83 is said that the music was "where Pink Floyd has been crossed with Roine Stolt in a way that makes for an album that is extremely enjoyable and open". I also said that it was the finest French prog album I had heard since Mininum Vital's 'La Source'. So, with no keyboards it was obvious that this was going to quite a different sounding album to what I had come across before. The CD is a concept story of a small girl who lives in the forest with her parents and when they die she reads all of the books in the attic (of course) trying to find a way to get her parents back, but she finds a mysterious tome and the story starts there. Musically this is a dark album, with some heavy passages, but incredibly there is also a large amount of space and it is very much a band album with some wonderful interplay between the guys. Somehow BNP have managed to still provide what is very much a prog album, as opposed to a prog metal album, with a strong storyline and performances. There are still some elements of Stolt in the guitarwork, but overall this brings in much more Porcupine Tree and even The Pineapple Thief.

This is yet again a great album ? I just need to get hold of the others now. The website is available in both English and French, and is well worth a visit www.theblacknoodleproject.com

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 And Life Goes On by BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.86 | 38 ratings

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And Life Goes On
The Black Noodle Project Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars Take MOSTLY AUTUMN, pick off the celtic stuff and the female vocals but add a touch of Porcupine Tree or heavy prog in general. Looking at Pink Floyd add a bit of Roger Waters of the early period and remove a bit of David Gilmour, but not too much. Mix all the ingredients and you'll have an idea of what this album is about.

First of all this is an excellent album. What doesn't convince me is the "Psychedelic/Space Rock" label, as I hear more neo-prog and prog-folk in this French band.

The production is good as well as the songwriting.

"Time Has Passed" is the track that makes me think to the Mostly Autumn. Very melodic with a Josh like guitar very reminding of "The Last Bright Light". The storm noises between this song and "Do It Alone" are as Floydian as MA are. I'm not saying that BNP are a copy. Probably they are influenced by the Floyd in the same way. This second track has almost the same chords of "Breathe", a thing quite common even with Porcupine Tree. A big difference is the good sax solo that luckily doesn't have anything of Dick Parry. If I had to compare this song with something else I'd say Porcupine Tree or RPWL more than MA.

"Where Everything is Dark" turns back to the MA style. I'm a MA fan since their first albums so this is not a bad thing for me. Of course the male vocalist doesn't have anything of Heather Findlay and the choirs are very close to Porcupine Tree. (the Signify period, more or less).

"Face The Truth" opens with the noises of a western movie, then piano and voice. We are still in the same vein. This is a slow and melodic song. Think to "Feel So Low" to have an idea. Anyway the melody is not trivial and the guitar solo is not bad even if surely not very "original".

"Drops In The Ocean" is, as usual, opened by waves on seashores, then a subtle keyboard with high pitched bells starts baking the vocalist. This is a very nice song. Acoustic (12strings) guitar makes the rhythmic part. We are still somewhere between Floyd, MA and PT. Who likes the genre will surely like this album as well. In particular this song reminds me to "Mother Nature".

A child's cry starts "Interlude" followed by chimes, then lead guitar. Also this is very nice, mellow and soft but this time instead of PT this has a bit of Camel. Not bad, isn't it?

"Where Are U?" is a ballad with 12strings, vocals and cello. There's no need to say what it seems....

"Somewhere Between Here and There" is more electronic, with an intro that Edgar Froese would surely like. After the drums have joined the electronic and the vocals start we are in a late Floyd mood. The production is interesting as the vocals are not totally in foreground. I can compare it in some way to "Wearing the Inside Out". For me it's the best track of the whole album.

"Lost" seems really a Mostly Autumn song, even in the choice of the sounds. However it's a good song well played and arranged.

"Disappeared" is in the same vein. The guitarist is very close to Josh's style as well as the drums sound close to Blackmore Jr.

Finally the longest track: "She Prefers Her Dreams". A very good long song that seems taken from "Passengers" or from "Heart Full of Sky".

So in brief, if you like Mostly Autumn or Porcupine Tree (that means that you love Pink Floyd, too) you will surely like this album. Black Noodle Project is a good band. Should Heather Findlay look for a new band I suggest her to check if they want a female vocalist (and vice- versa). This is a very good album, full of good music but of a kind already heard, so even if I strongly suggest it to all the fans of the genre I can't say that it's essential. There's nothing psychedelic or spacey. Of course they are not heavy as PT and not folk as MA, so classifying them under the same subgenre of Pink Floyd is probably not too wrong.

3 stars (4 if you love this kind of music)

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