Nosound announce new studio album Scintilla, and release video for track ‘Short Story’
Nosound’s new studio album, their fifth, entitled Scintilla marks a major departure and includes guest appearances from Anathema’s Vincent Cavanagh and acclaimed Italian singer Andrea Chimenti.
After a decade of crafting a very particular type of widescreen melancholia and wistful imagery, Nosound’s fifth studio album Scintilla introduces a wholly new musical and visual approach for Giancarlo Erra’s ever-evolving band.
Inspired by personal upheaval and a desire for change, Scintilla is an emotionally complex and musically direct work presenting a stripped-down set of compositions that mark a major departure from Nosound’s trademark symphonic lushness and production precision. Giancarlo Erra says “The intention with Scintilla was to do something a bit more different than previously and illustrating more vigorously what Nosound is today. During a decade of activity, my listening tastes have shifted gradually towards a simpler, more direct music with an intimate character that still retains a certain richness and detail in sound. Northern folk and alt singer-songwriter music are possibly the stronger influences, but generally speaking, everything that is simple, direct and minimal but with rich sound is what I like, and what I hope this album is.”
Taking in influences from Post Rock, Shoegaze and Alt-Singer-Songwriters, the album imaginatively utilises a mostly organic and acoustic sound palette.
Musically looser and more sonically intimate than the band’s previous releases, Scintilla’s emphasis is placed firmly on feeling rather than technique.
Anathema’s Vincent Cavanagh lends his distinctive vocals to two of the album’s tracks – ‘In Celebration of Life’ and ‘The Perfect Wife’, and cellist Marianne De Chastelaine returns once more to the Nosound fold (this time in a more free-flowing and improvisational capacity). Acclaimed Italian singer Andrea Chimenti co-writes and sings on the serene ‘Sogno E Incendio’.
Shifting from the uncharacteristic sarcasm of ‘Love is Forever’ and potent anger of ‘The Perfect Wife’ to the dreamy sensitivity of ‘Emily’ and the unusually uplifting ‘Celebration of Life’, Scintilla represents the boldest statement of Nosound’s career so far.
A cathartic album of emotional extremes, Scintilla marks the brave beginning of the second phase of Nosound’s fascinating career.
Scintilla will be released on the following formats, available to pre-order below.
A deluxe CD/Blu-Ray in Mediabook with a 24 page booklet. The Blu-Ray contains HD stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, plus additional video content.
An audiophile double 180g vinyl edition (mastered at 45rpm to ensure quality) in a gatefold cover with booklet and poly-lined inner bags. Also includes a download card featuring the vinyl master at 320kbps.
Pre-orders receive ‘Short Story’ as an instant download.
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Regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the most interesting up and coming alt/art rock bands in Europe, Nosound inventively combines influences from ’70s psychedelia, ’80s/’90s ambient and contemporary alternative, progressive and post rock. The project started as a one man studio project in late 2002 by Giancarlo Erra, but has since grown into a five piece band, evolving into something unique, focused and powerful.
The music is evocative and intense, with personal songwriting. Influences range from Pink Floyd to Brian Eno, from Porcupine Tree to Sigur Ros, passing through rock and electronic/ambient.
The early demo recordings made by Giancarlo were followed by the official debut album, ‘Sol29’, which was released in 2005 and quickly gained attention across Europe. This attention created demand for live shows and following the recruitment of the rest of the band Nosound embarked on a short tour. The live DVD, ‘The World is Outside’ captured this tour and was followed in 2007 by the limited edition (100 copies) live album, ‘Slow, It Goes’ and an exclusive EP ‘Clouds’.
Three years on from debut album Sol29, Nosound returned in 2008 with the highly anticipated second album, ‘Lightdark’, initially given a limited release through the Burning Shed label. Recorded in Italy, England and the US throughout 2006 and 2007, ‘Lightdark’ develops further the promise of their debut album and exhibits a stronger group identity, revealing a greater contrast between the atmospheric detail and the walls of sound created by the band on stage. The album features collaborations with singer Tim Bowness (No-Man) and Marianne DeChastelaine on cello. A remastered edition of Sol29, featuring tracks recorded during the original album sessions but not included on the album, was released in conjunction with Lightdark.
In July 2008 the band signed to the post-progressive Kscope/Snapper. A new 2 CD edition of Lightdark was released on Kscope on September 15th 2008. The bonus disc features 4 tracks not on the original release and the video for ‘Lightdark’. Deatiled info, bonus material, previews and downloads for Lightdark are available at www.lightdark.net official promo website. In 2009 the album won the italian Prog Awards as Best Recording of 2008.
The third album called ‘A Sense Of Loss’ was released again on Kscope 26th October 2009, in a special deluxe format cd+dvd including the original album, plus stereo 24bit, 5.1 DTS and Dolby mixes, video, galleries and more extra contents. Following the album release the band played important festivals and major live events, among with its Wooden String Quartet already featured on the album. ‘A Sense Of Loss’ saw the band going more toward a more original and unique approach to music, going away from their early influences and away from classic rock sounds, using a real string quartet. More info, bonus material, previews and downloads are available from the official release promo website www.asenseofloss.com.
In 2009 the album wins the italian Prog Awards again as Best Recording of 2009, winning over major acts like Muse and Porcupine Tree.
In the meantime after two years out of print and a lot of requests for it, Nosound are coming back with a reissue of the acclaimed 2005 debut album Sol29. In the usual Kscope tradition this new release is expanded with an added video dvd featuring a brand new ten minutes video for title track Sol29, plus all the material appeared on early The World Is Outside dvd-r and the original 2005 album mixes. The audio cd is completely restored and analogue remastered, all packaged in deluxe super jewel case with external slipcase and revised/expanded graphics. This new ‘Sol29 (Kscope 2010 expanded/remastered edition)’ (16th August 2010) again has an official release promo website www.sol29.com with several promo material, becoming the final release for all early Nosound material from the start to second album Lightdark.
The 2010 presented a band with a constantly growing fanbase, a few special successful live gigs and now complete discography available on Kscope…2011 started with other gigs, the work on a first new album ‘The Northern Religion Of Things’ (Kscope, 25th July 2011) feauturing tracks from all the three studio albums completely revisited by Giancarlo Erra live in studio during rehearsal sessions for a gig. The end of 2011 saw two intimate Nosound ‘duo’ gigs in the UK promoting The Northern Religion Of Things and followed by recordings from these gigs released for free on the band’s website. During 2012 Nosound performed a few more solo/duo gigs promoting also some tracks from the new album, and most of all worked in studio on the new material. In the process the band went through two member changes, as Gigi Zito (drums/vocals) and Paolo Martellacci (keyboards/vocals) left the band for personal and artistic reasons and to follow their own projects. Marco Berni joined on keyboards/vocals and Giulio Caneponi on drums. Soon after the band welcomed back Marianne DeChastelaine at cello and Chris Maitland (ex Porcupine Tree) as special guest on drums/vocals to work together and record the material for the new album.
On 26th November 2012 the band published an exclusive limited EP on Kscope containing three brand new tracks and some exclusive content, called At The Pier. A strictly limited worldwide edition featuring already Marianne DeChastelaine and Chris Maitland contributions, and presenting the new material and direction of Nosound as a band and as a project.
Early 2013 saw the band finishing work on the new studio album, called Afterthoughts and to be released worldwide on Kscope 6th May 2013. Afterthoughts is released as a 2 disc set featuring the stereo mix of the album on CD plus a DVD-A / DVD-V with 5.1 surround high resolution 24bit / 96kHz mixes. For the first time for Nosound the album will be also released as limited double vinyl 180gr with download code. A special pre-order campaign for both releases includes an exclusive limited bonus cd containing the instrumental version of the album, and a limited run of 500 hand numbered/signed double vinyls with exclusive printed cloth bag.
The band played a few shows in Europe during 2014, with the special highlight being the invite-only gig (24th September) at Mount Teide Observatory(2390m), in Tenerife (Spain), for Starmus Festival with famous artists and scientists like Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Katerina Mina, Stephen Hawking. The band decided to record in audio (stereo and surround) and video this unique event, for the first official live cd/dvd for Nosound. The work ended up making the live album cd/dvd-a/v Teide 2390, released on Kscope 13th of April 2015, with loads of material about the band on stage and backstage.
The year 2015 started with the release of the live cd/dvd Teide 2390 and continued working in studio on the new studio album. Several and quite different tracks were written during 2014 and 2015, so a first selection will compose the new album to be released in September 2016. Important collaborations and audiophile formats (blu-ray, 180g vinyl, picture disc) underline the step up for Nosound in this album, and another departure from the early progressive influences towards a more artistic songs-driven rock and post-rock. There are ongoing plans for a possible second album following in early 2017, and new live gigs in Europe to play and promote the new material.