No-Man are Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)
Comprising a comprehensive career-spanning documentary, a complete performance from London's Bush Hall in 2008 and numerous extras (including newly commissioned and archive video footage), Mixtaped provides a fascinating insight into one of British music's most enduring and idealistic bands.
Since releasing its first single in 1990, No-Man has produced a unique body of work that has developed beyond the band's proto trip-hop/ambient origins into something beyond easy categorisation. After receiving ecstatic press reviews, indie top 20 hits and high profile contracts (with One Little Indian and Sony) in the early 1990s, the band has continued to redefine itself and its music.
No-Man has most recently released material through celebrated post- progressive label Kscope and built up a loyal worldwide following drawn to the band's increasingly ambitious and intimate sound.
Drawing from a diverse mix of classical minimalist, singer-songwriter, pop, electronica and progressive and post rock sources for inspiration, No-Man's music is a seductive fusion of lush soundscapes, poignant lyricism and sonic surprises.
Here is a trailer for Mixtaped:
Directed by award-winning journalist Richard Smith, Returning is an 85 minute career-spanning documentary including previously unseen footage, photos and images, as well as in-depth interviews with members of No-Man past and present (including Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson, Ben Coleman and Chris Maitland).
In 1991, the band were described as:
'conceivably the most important band since The Smiths' (Jon Wilde, Melody Maker).
Almost 20 years later they've been hailed as,
'Britain's most underrated sorrowful sonic architects' (Chris Roberts, Uncut).
Returning reveals for the first time the band's full history from their experimental music roots in a teenager's bedroom to a failed career in mainstream Pop; from near obscurity to increasing cult success.
Above all, Returning is an account of two musicians who've stuck to their beliefs in the transformative power of popular music, and the music industry's sometimes tense relationships with art, commerce and its audience.
Mixtaped Disc One:
No-Man's complete Bush Hall live performance with 5.1 and stereo options (90 mins).
Live photo gallery - Including photos from all three of No-Man's first live concerts in 15 years, with an exclusive soundtrack of the song Housekeeping (recorded live in Dusseldorf).
Mixtaped Disc Two:
Returning - A 90 minute career-spanning documentary including previously unseen footage, photos and images, and in-depth interviews with every member of No-Man past and present (including Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson, Ben Coleman and Chris Maitland).
Extras on the DVDs include photos from all three of No-Man's first live concerts in 15 years, complete videos for several No-Man songs spanning 1990-2009, a No-Man chronology, and deleted scenes.
The promo for Back When You Were Beautiful, featured on the Mixtaped DVD, won the Animation Trophy/Best Animation Award at the Kent Film Festival on September 26th 2009. Taken from a song originally released on 2003's Together We're Stranger album, the entirely-CGI video was created by Neil Whitman over a seven-month period, and can be seen above.
Here are a couple of downloadable desktops featuring photography from the gig, taken by Kscope's Scott Robinson.
Right click on the size required for your desktop under the image you want to download and 'save as' to save to your pc (ctrl + click on a Mac). Then go to Control panel > display > desktops and select the image (Sysytem Preferences on a Mac))
Tim Bowness & band live date
In Tilburg on April 28th, Tim Bowness & Band will be performing a headline slot at the annual Tonefloat label night. Tim will be playing several No-Man songs as part of his show.
The bill also features Steven Wilson collaborator, Dirk Serries/Microphonics (Vidna Obmana/Fear Falls Burning/Continuum etc).
Acting as a bridge between No-Man's elegiac 2008 return Schoolyard Ghosts and the DVD Mixtaped, Wherever There Is Light is a strictly limited edition release.
From Schoolyard Ghosts, the poignant title track features guest performances from US pedal steel legend Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club/Red House Painters) and Theo Travis.
The alt-country tinged Death Was California and the atmospheric Counting are two new songs especially written for the EP, while Carolina Skeletons and All The Blue Changes are the first recordings released from No-Man's Autumn 2008 mini-tour.
Also containing Grant Wakefied's poetic video for the title track, a powerful preview from the Mixtaped DVD, and striking Carl Glover designed artwork, the enhanced Wherever There is Light EP is a rare and beautiful thing.
Also available on Kscope (click to link to Kscope store)
Coming soon to Kscope