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No-Man: Beyond easy categorization

No-Man – Love You To Bits

Adam Holzman, David Kollar, Ash Soan, Pete Morgan, and the Dave Desmond Brass Quintet are guest musicians on the album Love You To Bits. That is the new album from the band No-Man.  No-Man consists the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson, and probably most of our readers are familiar with Bowness and Wilson? Love You To Bits is the first studio album for eleven years, and today is the release day. There is every reason to assume that many fans are extremely pleased that No-Man is now bringing new music.

Over the course of six massively varied albums, No-Man has produced a unique body of work that has developed from the band’s proto Trip-Hop/Ambient origins into something beyond easy categorization. After receiving ecstatic press reviews, indie top 20 hits and high profile contracts in the early 1990s (with One Little Indian and Epic/Sony), the band has continued to evolve throughout its subsequent career. Redefining itself with its constantly changing musical palette, No-Man has released material through celebrated post-progressive label Kscope and its own online shop, building up a loyal worldwide cult following drawn to the band’s increasingly ambitious and personal sound.

A gloriously ambitious statement unlike anything in its back catalogue, the album consists of two connected five-part pieces (Love You To Bits and Love You To Pieces) and combines shimmering pop and pulsating electronica elements in fresh and surprising ways (incorporating aspects of fusion, ambient and much, much  more).

Twenty-five years in the making and lyrically chronicling the aftermath of a relationship from different perspectives, Love You To Bits features poignant melodies, big beats and breathtaking solos that collide with ethereal textures and bold experiments to create the most dynamic and diverse no-man release to date.

The new album contains of two compositions of 17 and 19 minutes, and each spilt in five bits. Five bits with much contents as pop in the Abba way, electronica, industrial noise, elctro space rock, hissing sounds, freaked sections, calms after the storms, dreamy moments, Vangelis vibes, brass moments, melancholic moments etcetera.

Love or hate the music of No-Man, but to be indifferent to No-Man’s music should be well done!

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (3017 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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