Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

Explorer
21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

jefflynnefan
21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity! https://www.ebay....fr
esh=true

englandashes
21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

gdazegod
21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

englandashes
20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

englandashes
17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Explorer
16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2013 Articles » Sound Of Contact - 2013 Dimensionaut
 
Sound Of Contact - 2013 Dimensionaut



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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.soundofcontact.com


Background
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.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | gdazegod on November 30 2014 03:06:38
Sound Of Contact - 2013 Pale Blue Dot
YouTube Video:
#2 | gdazegod on November 30 2014 03:08:45
Sound Of Contact - 2013 Cosmic Distance Ladder
YouTube Video:
#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.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 50% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 50% [1 Vote]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Travers, Pat (Band) - 1980 Crash And Burn, Prophet - 1991 Recycled, Lindisfarne - 1982 Sleepless Nights, Fair Warning (Germany) - 1992 Fair Warning, Angels Or Kings - 2014 Kings Of Nowhere, Raven - 1982 Wiped Out, Foghat - 1975 Fool For The City, Simmons, Patrick - 1983 Arcade, Manowar - 2002 Interview with Scott Columbus, Van Arx - 2017 Stand Together For Rock And Roll, Rogue - 1977 Let It Go, Warrant - 2006 Born Again, Bloodbound - 2006 Nosferatu, Judas Priest - 1978 Stained Class, Scooter - 1981 One By One
Tags©
Innuendo Nelson Billy Squier Rock Candy Records Dynazty Glenn Hughes Stampede Rock Candy Records Krokus Street Talk Winger Kip Winger Megadeth Rose Tattoo Cry Of Dawn Genesis 21 Guns Rock Candy Records Wolfpakk Huey Lewis Yngwie Malmsteen Lee Ritenour Jack Wagner EP Silverlode Lift Machiavel Lapdog Amy Holland Coppertree Roxy Music Bryan Ferry Takara Dream Theater Triumph Cooper Inc
All Tags
Search DDG