NOSOUND: HEADING IN A NEW DIRECTION
“Don’t expect, just listen,” says band leader and composer of their latest album.
Nosound mainman Giancarlo Erra hopes Allow Yourself will prove to be his breakthrough recording because he believes it’s the most unique work he’s done to date. The title of the follow-up to 2016’s Scintilla refers to his mantra to break down self-imposed creative barriers and explore a space beyond his comfort zone.
“Scintilla was a revolution, but Allow Yourself is on a different path altogether,” Erra tells Prog. “I wanted to get different results with the piano and with my voice. I forced myself to use completely different instrumentation.”
That included laying-off guitar tracks, which he says he often found “limiting.” He adds, “I didn’t use any digital instrumentation or any software. I re-did the whole studio with analogue stuff from 1972.”
He says some fans have been surprised by lead track Don’t You Dare, which he describes as “melodic, but in a weird way”. He counters, “I think sometimes we suffer in a way because people expect something from our music. I really want people to not expect anything. I want people to just listen.”
Erra admits that some might not follow him down his new path, but believes others will take their place as his experimentation continues. “There are a couple of songs I’m waiting to complete for a potential next album, and again, they are quite, quite different. I actually found a way to express myself more freely.”
Allow Yourself is released on September 21 via Kscope. Turn to page 102 for our review and see www.nosound.net for more.
NOSOUND: BREAKING THROUGH THE BARRIER.