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Nosound

Sol29

Review by Gary Hill

Sol29 was actually the debut release of Nosound. It’s been out of print for several years. This reissue includes the original album, some bonus tracks and a DVD with music and video. It’s all included in a killer package that’s typical of Nosound. It’s highly recommended for fans of the band and fans of neoprog in general. It’s an excellent release.


This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
In The White Air

Fairly ambient, this track has a lot of techno/electronica built into it. It’s quite powerful and dramatic, despite being very mellow. It gets a blast of crunchier music later to bring it into a different realm.

Wearing Lies On Your Lips
In some ways this reminds me a bit of Klaatu’s “Little Neutrino” It’s got a lot of the same electronica elements that were heard in the opener, though. This is another powerful piece. In fact, I’d say that I like this better than the opener.
The Child's Game
This is a rather strange and dark instrumental. It’s mellow, but not restful by any means.
The Moment She Knew
More pure prog-like, this reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd, but with a bit more of a techno/electronica element. When the crunch guitar section kicks in those comparisons to Pink Floyd are even more relevant. There is some jazz in the arrangement, too. This is another instrumental. At almost ten minutes in length, this is also one of the most epic tracks on show.
Waves Of Time
This is a short and rather pretty, mellow instrumental.
Overloaded
A balladic type piece, this has a lot of that Pink Floyd element, but combined with some Genesis and the type of sounds that made up the opening number. The vocals are back here. It’s a very pretty piece, and also quite potent. I particularly like the beautiful instrumental segment later in the piece.
The Broken Parts
Here is another track that’s very much like Pink Floyd. It is also mellow and quite poignant. I love the understated vocals and the section that sounds like theremin.
Hope For The Future
While the opening section of this is mellow, it’s also noisy – and no, that’s not a contradiction. It powers out into a rather Floydian rocker that has plenty of Porcupine Tree in the mix. It drops way down, in a rather psychedelic arrangement, for the vocals. There is an awesome soaring guitar solo later in the piece.
Idle End
A mellow and pretty cut, this also has some elements that relate to Pink Floyd. It’s one of the more sedate on show here and also very slow moving. It’s quite tasty, though.
Sol29
This starts quite ambient and grows very slowly and gradually. It remains instrumental and quite sedate, never really rising up far. However, it never gets boring during the course of its roughly ten minute duration.
Idae14
Here we have a shorter, keyboard oriented instrumental. It’s pretty.
The Red Song
This isn’t very different from the previous number, but it’s nice.
The World Is Outside
In many ways, this is almost a bookend because it reminds me a lot of the track that opened the disc.
 
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