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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Mellotron Storm
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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.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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