Paul Braun. A delirium vivens. Simon Gould. Lee Powell. Matthew Conrow. Nick Langridge. Steve Burnett. Michael Byrne. Eric Hall. Byron Machin. Nexist Xenda'ths. David Johnston. Simon Smith. John Mitchell. John Fruth. David Lusby. There are many times throughout the album when you can detect snippets of ideas that are similar in sound to Porcupine Tree's 'Voyage 34' or 'The Sky Moves Sideways' and also Wilson's early electronic music.
For example, the flute in the trip-hop song 'Pretty Genius' is very reminiscent of Wilson's early sound. The turn from a distinct hard beat to psychedelic guitar meanderings in 'Radiant City' is an obvious Wilson trick. There are a lot of jazz leanings in the feel of the music also. For the most part, the music is lush, dark and above all, very interesting. The trip hop aspects are there too, along with plenty of art rock aspects.
You can feel the move the band is making towards the more sophisticated atmosphere and sound of what their future albums will sound like. There are a few less interesting songs here, namely 'Infant Phenomenon' and 'Libertine Libretto', but other than these slightly mediocre tracks, there is plenty of originality and inventiveness to keep the listener satisfied.
There is a slight tendancy towards ambience and the dance beat feeling is still there, but the music is a huge step forward throughout the album. Another great track here is 'Dry Cleaning Ray' which features an amazing and unique guitar solo. Steely Dan fans will appreciate 'Sheeploop' and some of the other tracks that lean a bit jazz-ward. Prog fans will appreciate that Mel Collins, Richard Barbieri and Robert Fripp provide much of the sample material on this album, and you will hear their influence on the album for example; 'Radiant City', 'My Rival Trevor' and 'Time Travel in Texas' including some Frippertronic aspects.
This turn more experimental and louder, with more guitar influence, on the last half of the album. This album holds something for everyone. Even though the lyrics at times get a little repetitive, everything else going on here will hold your attention and guarantee your returning to this album and this band many more times. The album is not their best, but it is still great, but the best is yet to come, and this album is a giant step towards that. Not only that, but it gets better everytime you listen to it.
That is always a great indication of an excellent album. My favorites are always the one that have to grow on you. And there is plenty here to keep your intelligence challenged and your tastes appeased. Great addition to your collection. This is far from just another acoustic song though, it is another lovely example of Tim's emotional, spacey vocals which are showcased beautifully here.
An atmospheric electric guitar joins in on the instrumental break, and then goes away on the 3rd verse. No percussion, just simple beauty here. This one is a full band song, The chorus has harmony reminiscent of many Steven Wilson songs, and almost could have been a Porcupine Tree track, except with Tim's lush voice.
On the instrumental breaks here, we are joined by a flute played by Theo Travis. There is also a lovely guitar solo here too, albeit too short. Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree also joins on this track on bass. It stays dark and mysterious until about when percussion kicks in with synth accompaniment, then later strange guitar growls and moans come in.
An interesting song with a nice, dark atmospheric mood. The EPs ends with a Lo-fi version of the 2nd track "Until Tomorrow", which could either be lo-fi as it says, or just processed to sound that way, like on an old radio or phonograph.
This adds to the atmosphere of the previous track, but is mostly not necessary. This is a great EP that might be a little hard to find, but contains some great tracks that would have fit well on any album. Most of the tracks can be found on collections, but it might be hard to find them all together as on this recording.
This would be an excellent addition, even though it is short, to your prog rock collection. Mysterious, haunting and beautiful, the songs all fit together quite nicely. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. NO-MAN have produced some of the most intriguing music of the last decade.
Theirs is an uncompromising approach that connects the perimeters of rock and pop with a myriad of far-flung influences including neo-classical, jazz, dub and techno. This band glanced to the past to realize its latest album "Speak". The CD is a retooled version of a cassette-only release of late '80s material. Re-mastered in the year for our exclusive pleasure, "Heaven Taste" is a collection of rare tracks, of new versions and of B-sides from the to period.
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The Girl from Missouri Swagger. Steven Wilson. To the Bone The Future Bites. Cover Version Transience. Categories : establishments in England British experimental musical groups Electronic music duos English art rock groups English experimental musical groups English progressive rock groups English synth-pop groups Musical groups established in One Little Independent Records artists Trip hop groups. Namespaces Article Talk. In and of itself, it is very good music — And I get the impression that No Man Eyes as a band is capable of creating something far greater.