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Sound Of Contact - 2013 Dimensionaut

ARTIST: Sound Of Contact
ALBUM: Dimensionaut
LABEL: Inside Out
SERIAL: 0506530
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Simon Collins - vocals, drums * Dave Kerzner - keyboards, backing vocals * Kelly Nordstrom - guitars, bass * Matt Dorsey - guitars, bass, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Hannah Stobart - vocals * Wells Cunningham - cello

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 * 08 Only Breathing Out * 09 Realm Of In-Organic Beings * 10 Closer To You * 11 Omega Point * 12 Mobius Slip: Part 1: In The Difference Engine, Part 2: Perihelion Continuum, Part 3: Salvation Found, Part 4: All Worlds All Times



I've been going through a prog rock phase lately, and these guys came up on my radar. Last year is when we should've featured these guys. Great concept, lyrics, imagery.. really dead centre of progressive rock if you ask me. With Simon Collins having a link to prog royalty thanks to Dad Phil (re: Genesis), no doubt the old man will be chuffed to hear this. I certainly am. Sound Of Contact don't really reinvent the wheel, instead borrowing some ideas from previous stalwarts such as Marillion and Porcupine Tree, and coming up with something that works for them. There's a rich assortment of songs which jaunts us head-long into sci-fi territory without leaving planet Earth. So we remain grounded and tethered, as the music attempts to lift us off into the stratosphere.

The Songs
The two minute 'Sound Of Contact' leads us by the hand gently into the realm of the Dimensionaut, the big vocal choruses working up toward the full-frontal instrumental 'Cosmic Distance Ladder', which rocks as hard as the album gets. It segues beautifully into the melodic and near commercial wonder of 'Pale Blue Dot', the band's first single, and rightly so. 'I Am Dimensionaut' is a poignant track, riding on a fragile strand of melody, which gradually builds up strength and power. 'Not Coming Down' is built upon a wistful piano line, but the chorus unfolds into something quite lovely. The jangly nature of this song puts it into mid-west territory.'Remote View' could also be a contender for a single. It's not as progressive as the stuff gone before, more like modern rock for mine. A dreamy soundscape appears on 'Beyond Illumination', this is more like it. Some nice orchestration, plucked strings and strong rhythmic parts abound on this one. There's a modern connection made to 'Only Breathing Out'. It phases in and out, just retaining a prog edge but again modern rock tends to override things. The second instrumental 'Realm Of In-Organic Beings' is all over the place musically, with cascading vocal effects filling in the vacuum. Returning to something meaningful, 'Omega Point' lifts the tempo significantly, with trip-trigger drums and some furious lead guitar work at the 4 minute mark. The album's piece de resistance is the 19 minute epic 'Mobius Slip'. Broken into four segments, it could be the soundtrack to a cinematic space opera! I think sci-fi geeks and hardened prog-heads will love this one. I am visualising starships, orbital docking platforms, and a backdrop of planets, moons and stars! Get the picture? Sort of like Ayreon but without the OTT bombast. Awesome track.

In Summary
Overall, there's a few good tracks. It starts out well, drifts a bit in the middle, and comes home strong at the end. Sounds like a few racehorses I know! 'Dimensionaut' is big on ideas, perhaps too big in places. They cover their bases too broadly, and you're left wondering what would've happened if they stuck to the heavier style of 'Cosmic Distance Ladder', or perhaps expanded on the sci-fi like epic 'Mobius Strip'? They've left too much in between, but I guess it makes their next album all the more to look forward to.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 30 2014 03:06:38
Sound Of Contact - 2013 Pale Blue Dot
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#2 | gdazegod on November 30 2014 03:08:45
Sound Of Contact - 2013 Cosmic Distance Ladder
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#3 | gdazegod on December 01 2014 13:22:35
That tune 'Pale Blue Dot' is rather cool.
#4 | george_the_jack on December 03 2014 14:57:00
Nice cover!
#5 | Eric on December 03 2014 17:40:15
Dave Kerzner has a solo CD out wiuth some pretty big names on it.

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