ARTIST:

SOUND OF CONTACT

(FRANCE)
TITLE:

DIMENSIONAUT

(2013)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
"With its futuristic conceptual allures, "Dimensionaut" turns out to be a magnificent tribute to atmospheric progressive rock."
STRUCK (27.05.2014)  
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Started in 1999 with the album "All of Who You Are" followed by two other productions, Simon Collins' career has never really taken off and could be summarized in a few duos, collaborations and/or prestigious participations (such as the cover of "Supper's Ready" from Steve Hackett's album "Genesis Revisited II"). Created in 2010 with his friend Dave Kerzner, will the Sound Of Contact project breathe the necessary soul into it and thus give it the impetus that would allow it to move away from the suffocating shadow of its illustrious father?

If the first notes of "Sound of Contact", very typical Porcupine Tree with its vocal and musical harmonies, will have the gift to reassure, the masterful instrumental "Cosmic Distance Ladder" sweating the progressive rock through all its pores will surprise a lot of people. Following the example of the energetic Riverside period "Anno Domini High Definition", we find a terribly groovy break, the whole voluptuously caressed by Dave Kerzner's keyboards with Banks accents and some drum plans of Simon Collins so specific to a certain Phil... Collins. This last affiliation takes all its meaning on the bewitching atmospheric progressive pop "Pale Blue Dot" so much the tessitura and some phrases of Simon Collins are close to those of his progenitor. 

Some will even cry plagiarism on the potential hits that are "Not Coming Down" or "Closer To You". Worse, it's a good bet that Sound of Contact will attract the wrath of some purists who will reproach a too "commercial" aspect to the majority of the tracks... On the contrary, others will probably be moved to tears by enchanting tracks such as "Beyond Illumination" which records the participation of Hannah Stobart (The Wishing Tree, acoustic project with Steven Rothery) which for the occasion offers us a sublime vocal marriage totally bewitching. Even better, some purist sceptics might radically change their minds and see Sound of Contact from a totally different angle when they come into contact with the enormous and unsuspected richness of the "Möbius Slip" finale. In the manner of an Ayreon, this epic and atmospheric piece of four acts for 19 minutes combining Floydian ambiences, metal riffs and futuristic sounds should certainly win all the votes.

Under futuristic conceptual allures, "Dimensionaut" turns out to be a magnificent tribute to atmospheric progressive rock. Immersion in this enchanting universe should certainly please progressive fans tolerant enough to accept some pop aspects but also nostalgic for the Genesis era Phil Collins. In the end, "Dimensionaut" is a real discovery and it should propel Sound Of Contact as a future essential element of the progressive microcosm... Mission accomplished!


More informations on http://www.soundofcontact.com/



SIMILAR BANDS:
PORCUPINE TREE, GENESIS


TRACK LISTING:
01. Sound Of Contact
02. Cosmic Distance Ladder
03. Pale Blue Dot
04. I Am Dimensionaut
05. Not Coming Down
06. Remote View
07. Beyond Illumination Feat. Hannah Stobart
08. Only Breathing Out
09. Realm Of In-organic Beings
10. Closer To You
11. Omega Point
12. Möbius Slip

LINEUP:
Dave Kerzner: Claviers
Kelly Nordstrom: Guitares / Basse
Matt Dorsey: Guitares / Basse
Simon Collins: Chant / Batterie
   
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