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Nosound: Scintilla

We all have bands that we mean to catch up on and never quite do, no matter how many CDs, records or files litter our collections. Nosound are one such band for me, Scintilla, their fifth full length release, my first encounter with the Italian progressive collective. So what rushes forth to meet you on this album? Well, in truth, nothing. Scintilla a collection that never comes close to darting or speeding anywhere, instead with the cello of guest Marianne De Chastelaine underpinning much of what Nosound create with melancholy and despair, there's more of a gentle flow and surge to proceedings.

It can be heady stuff, a pair of headphones enveloping you in all manner of sombre atmospheres and moods and yet nothing veers into doom or indeed gloom. This is definitely a case of slow and steady winning the race, vocalist Giancarlo Erra in no hurry to unravel his pleasantly accented tones as percussive synth sounds set sumptuous scenes. Cleverly he's helped out in places, Anathema man Vincent Cavanagh adding his vocal weight to the sparse "In Celebration Of Life" and beautiful "The Perfect Wife", while Andrea Chimenti chimes in expertly on "Sogno E Incendio", which as you'd expect is sung in the band's mother tongue.

However, key to the success of Scintilla is the manner in which these vocal instruments are combined with expertly arranged passages throughout, a willingness to explore the depth and weight of emotional attachment the strength of "Love Is Forever", while "Last Lunch" serves up a more exuberant, if still mightily reserved meal. On the latter it's reasonably simple to feel the influence of a certain Mr. Wilson, although thankfully touching points prove tougher to find elsewhere, even if this track is an undoubted highlight. For some the patience shown by Nosound will result in a less than engaging trip, a lack of obvious hook or easy way in something the band seem to almost purposely look to engage and yet, if you stick with it, the fragility and singular focus soon becomes the real strength. The likes of "Little Man" and "Emily" finding so much to convey through the merest hints of variance.

This may be my first encounter with the ironically named Nosound but with new discoveries unearthed on every visit to Scintilla
, I already know it won't be my last.

Track Listing
1. Short Story
2. Last Lunch
3. Little Man
4. In Celebration Of Life
5. Sogno e Incendio
6. Emily
7. The Perfect Wife
8. Love Is Forever
9. Evil Smile
10. Scintilla

Added: October 2nd 2016
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Nosound online
Hits: 1471
Language: english

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