Prog - - Intro -

“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 for more.


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