Nosound
Sol29


4.5
superb

Review

by Mad. USER (28 Reviews)
July 20th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most underrated album by one of the most underrated artists in progressive music, an incredibly subtle yet moving debut that lays the foundations for Nosound to reach every further height.

Gaze into the exquisite Italian forest, shrouded by a gentle mist. Imagine yourself losing touch of the ground and beginning to float weightlessly through the trees. You're coming close to the serene atmosphere created by Nosound's debut, Sol29.
Effectively a solo album of Nosound's mastermind, Giancarlo Erra, it marked the arrival of the band into the modern post-progressive scene in 2005 but is in no way Erra's first efforts at producing music. The moniker was conceived as early as 1998 with the Radici demo and Erra's developed, sophisticated songwriting ability is more than evident.

The album opens with the 2 songs closest to 'straight-forward' rockers, In the White Air and Wearing Lies on Your Lips, introducing Nosound's slow and snare-heavy percussion, a which would become one of their trademarks and of course Erra's heavy Italian accent, often causing him to pronounce words such as "the" as "teh" but rather than grating horribly, they actually complement the music well, creating a slightly 'exotic' and certainly Italian feel.
While these songs are solid and worthy of re-listens, they lack stand-out moments found in the rest of the album and the listener only really 'takes off' with the following tracks.

Surrounded by two ambient pieces (which show Erra's talents in creating spine-tingling atmosphere, especially with Waves of Time), is one of the hidden gems of the Nosound discography and easily the album's best: The Moment She Knew, a 9-minute instrumental featuring immensely powerful guitar-work with a Floydian-esque guitar tone, though he does not fall into the trap of simply rehashing Have a Cigar or Money and shows off his own unique flair, incorporating use of a violin bow.

The next 'chapter' of the album is the listener's gradual descent back to land, with a line of acoustic-driven, gradually slowing tracks up until Hope For the Future.
Overloaded's 3 minute outro is another high-point of the album that you feel as if you could listen to forever, with Giancarlo's mastery of keyboards and acoustic guitar gradually slowing the song to a close but with a contrasting sense of urgency.

Experimentation is clear in every song, each one featuring a different kind of sound-effect or keyboard tone to create variation, preventing the listener from noticing the heavy use of acoustic guitar, Idle End and Broken Parts' ambience clear examples of this, though it is Erra's solos that bring out his passion most effectively.

The album's weaknesses are its production, which despite the Kscope remaster occasionally leads instruments to feel flat, (noticeably the drums) and at times you may wince at Erra's pronunciation of certain words but this is uncommon and an issue almost crushed by Nosound's astounding atmosphere.

Hope For the Future and the title track bring the album to a close with what is less of a one-two punch and more of a one-two kiss on the cheek from a loving mother before bedtime. The first is extremely slow and infectiously soothing acoustic-only track, the sound of Erra's slow inhaling/exhaling encouraging you to breathe along with him. If this is not powerful enough, Sol29 is a full on post-rock epic which finds intense emotion in the most subtle and simple of sounds and will bring you to tears in the right mood, only to send you into a deep and comfortable sleep at its closure as you are left with the sounds of feet walking over fallen leaves, as you return to earth.



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Mad.
July 20th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Moment She Knew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skT4AOcSrwE



The title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESIhneZBMpU



Not everyone's cuppa but damn, it's good.

KerfuffleinaHussle
July 20th 2013


1033 Comments


Is this just No-man, basically?

Mad.
July 20th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Damn, just realised how long my review is...



As far as I know they're nothing like No-man, well at least the vocalist isn't nearly as annoying as Tim Bowness

aggelosm
July 21st 2013


472 Comments


Great review mad. A bit long but nice.have a pos. I have to check this asap...the overall ratings of the band on this site are simply annoying

Mad.
July 21st 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man, it's ridiculous how low they are, I guess some people just don't 'get' their music

KerfuffleinaHussle
July 21st 2013


1033 Comments


Yeah the review is great

Illl have to check these guys out, Kscope usually signs pretty decent bands...seems theyre trying to pretty much buy prog in Britain

Mad.
July 22nd 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, probably start with Afterthoughts, it's definitely more accessible than this



A lot of my favourite bands are on Kscope, even Amplifier's been assimilated

elbaliem
July 24th 2013


1051 Comments


this band deserves more recognition.

Mad.
July 24th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Couldn't be more true, why not give this a spin? Or at least The Moment She Knew...

manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2013


11339 Comments


Review is very well written, pos.

I've listened only to Afterthoughts and while I find it excellent it's just not 4.5-5 material for me. Otherwise, Giancarlo Erra is a really good artist.

aggelosm
July 24th 2013


472 Comments


well manosg you have a point , maybe not a 5 but Afterthoughts is 4.5+ so I was between 4.5 or 5. But I really enjoyed it so I rate it with 5. The band's flaw is that their albums are getting a bit boring after some listens. I mean , all the songs are excellent but they have similar progress. But the album's beauty is between the details. Of course I've listen way better songwriting but the atmosphere of the album is too damn great. And that 'Paralysed'... wow.

Mad.
July 24th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@agg wait till you hear Paralysed live... it's mindblowing.

The good thing about this album is it's quite different to their others do it doesn't feel repetitive like you were saying

elbaliem
July 24th 2013


1051 Comments


still jamming to afterthoughts now, probably i'll jam to this soon.

Mad.
July 25th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This isn't really a "jammin'" album, it's pretty slow and relaxing but definitely go for it, this needs more love

OmairSh
July 26th 2013


14472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're not like No-Man, but they do share the atmospheric elements.



The Moment She Knews live version is even better, the tone is impeccable and when the bow comes in. Have this album but haven't been in the mood to check it out, will eventually

Mad.
July 27th 2013


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's totally worth it man, and a lot better than Lightdark which I think you 3'd. They didn't play TMSK when I saw them though :/

Mad.
June 28th 2014


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Moment She Knew. Just, damn.

OmairSh
June 28th 2014


14472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You Mad bro?



Dude the live version has a richer guitar tone, damn

Mad.
June 29th 2014


4735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I've seen it, defo could be better. Perhaps they should make a live album



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