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A Sense of Loss

Review by Gary Hill

The latest disc from Nosound, this will again be well received by fans of Porcupine Tree and modern Marillion. I’d have to say that all the music here is good, but it would be nice if they gave us a little more variety. I don’t see anyone getting offended by this, but the lack of hills amidst all the sonic valleys means that it might be possible to be bored with it. As beautiful and lush as a lot of this is, that would be a real shame. Some more contrast would go a long way towards both making the music more interesting and giving greater appreciation of the sonic beauty.

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Track by Track Review
Some Warmth Into This Chill
This begins percussively and grows outward from there with a rather ambient layer of sound over some energetic drumming. Eventually vocals come over the top in an understated way. Around the two minute mark it reaches upward getting more intense. The vocals still remain lower in the mix and seemingly detached. Overall, this is a solid opener.
Fading Silently
Overall the motif doesn’t vary a lot here from the previous cut. It’s more of the same moody, atmospheric modern progressive rock. There are parts here that remind me a lot of groups like The Church.
Tender Claim
Although they haven’t really changed things out here, this is much more lush and it’s prettier. Its increased intensity makes it a step up from the stuff we’ve heard so far. I’d peg this as one of the highlights of the set.
My Apology
Mellower, this one reminds me a little of Pink Floyd. It’s intricate and quite pretty. It’s one of the more effective cuts on show.
Constant Contrast
This feels even more Floydian to me. It’s quite pretty and poignant and another highlight in my book.
Winter Will Come
Built on an epic scale, this is the most dynamic and powerful cut on show. It has some of the heaviest music here, but this is nothing like heavy metal. A study in contrasts, this also has some of the most purely ambient sounds of the whole set. It’s an exceptional potent piece. I wish they could have spread some of this form of variety around a bit more on the disc, but this is a great way to end it all in serious style.
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