It's appropriate that the promotional materials accompanying Nosound's second album, Lightdark, lead off with a quote from Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson about the Italian band's ambient/post-rock "vision." It's a vision that encompasses elements of Wilson's main band, as well as Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Sigur Rós and even latter-day Kaipa and Marillion. Thick atmospheres, smoky psychedelia and understated melodies surround these seven lengthy compositions, which work either as chill tunes or background music.
It's easy to hear how Nosound originated as a one-man studio project in 2002 with Giancarlo Erra. But since the band has evolved into a collective that now includes as many as 10 players (as evidenced by photos on the band's web site), the ambience sounds fuller, deeper, warmer. No-Man's Tim Bowness shows up to sing the piano-laden "Someone Starts to Fade Away," one of the album's most melodic and memorable pieces, while Erra's accented vocals take on sleepy, more somber tones that fit the music's mood.
Nosound may not make much noise, but Lightdark is an arty, spacey and ethereal disc.
1) About Butterflies and Children
2) Places Remained
3) The Misplay
4) From Silence to Noise
5) Someone Starts to Fade Away