During the time that I try to run this website I met some unbelievable nice musicians. From some I know
that they are David Gilmour and Pink Floyd aficionado's just like me.
So I started to e-mail around and asked if they would help me with a review of some of the songs of
On An Island. This is the fantastic result!
Have fun with reading it and look below for some back ground stories.
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.
Giancarlo Erra - NoSound
Never was an introduction better than this. All samples and passages taken from all the other songs of the cd,
reconstructed and remixed in what is a unique starting track, like presenting what listeners will encounter during
the trip trough the album. A brilliant idea, a great opening with the second part being a Gilmour signature, that can
live and die only in his fingers. Amazing.
Official website: NoSound
On An Island
When Nick asked me to review this song for his wonderful site, I felt a bit worried. Why? Well, how do you review an artist and his music when so much has been said about him and said so much more eloquently? So, I thought it best really to tell you how it makes me feel, rather than go too in depth into guitar tones, textures and lyrics.
Here goes then…….
Matthew Cohen - The Reasoning
The beautifully slow, almost lazy feel of the track draws you in straight away. There is no messing about here, David Gilmour is doing what he does best, taking you on a journey that you want to go on. That sound, that feel, that voice, it is everything you want to hear and he doesn’t disappoint. The drums roll by in no immediate hurry and I was in no great hurry either for the track to finish.
As he sings the words, you can place yourself in the same situation with the person you love lying next to. Then the guitar starts off on the first solo and there it is – Bang! – You are lost in the moment and you don’t want to come back. Simply wonderful! Throughout the song this happens time and again and every time you just have to smile.
As the song ends and the guitar fades out, you open your eyes realize that Gilmour has done it again. I think it is time for another glass of wine, turn the lights off and listen to the whole thing again. This is truly stunning music by a man who knows how to take you on a voyage that will leave you feeling relaxed, contemplative but ultimately happy and satisfied.
Official website: The Reasoning
Goodness, I hope I’m not going to upset anyone here….but here goes my critique for what it’s worth.
Initially the track reminds me of a 70’s film score song, you know… flares, hazy camera shots, tie dye shirts, hand in hand running along a sun kissed California beach.
There’s a few interesting chord changes and some nice vocal harmonies before a pleasant if rather over-arranged guitar solo. It sounds as if Dave has only just discovered the wonders of the Digitech Whammy pedal as he gives a comprehensive technical display of what this piece of guitar hardware can do.
Dynamically the song doesn’t do much and kind of washes over you, which I dare say was the intention anyway. The solo goes on just a little too long for my liking, and it would have been nice to re-introduce some vocals to close the song, but hey, it’s only my personal opinion.
One song of a similar feel but superior in my opinion is the instrumental track ‘714’ by Wishbone Ash off the Front Page News album, lovely dreamy guitar work by Laurie Wisefield and not a Digitech Whammy in sight!
(am I banished)???
Mark Rowen - Gabriel / aka Marc Atkinson &
Official website: www.gabriel-music.co.uk
Take a Breath
On an album that contains many laid-back, reflective songs, ‘Take A Breath’ stands out as the most
rock-orientated number. While it contains many familiar references, Gilmour has managed to create
something new and fresh. The opening chords are actually more reminiscent of some of Syd Barrett’s
work - raw and drenched in slap back-echo. In other places the vibe calls to mind ‘Momentary Lapse
of Reason’ era Floyd with its almost mechanical bass line and drum beat. Gilmour plays a superb slide
guitar solo before the track temporarily halts and is filled with various atmospheric sound effects.
There is then a reprise to close the track with one of Gilmour’s beautifully lyrical trademark guitar
A highlight of the album!
Official website: www.davewhitemusic.com/ &
Red Sky At Night
One of the things I love about Pink Floyd is, that at their best, their music can be extraordinarily evocative, creating moods, atmospheres and tensions – it’s something that largely sets them apart from their peers.
Many of the tracks on Dave Gilmour’s new album unashamedly echo pieces from the past Floyd catalogue and in the case of ‘Red Sky At Night’ the shortest track on the CD, it’s the opening of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ that is the reference.
As with ‘Shine On’ it’s the open, background soundscape that forms the basis for the piece and allows the solo instrument, in this case saxophone, to weave a free flowing melodic spell.
Soundscapes are often designed to stimulate the imagination. They can be used as a very ‘visual’ musical concept, creating pictures in the mind of the listener.
The title of this track clearly gives a hint to the picture Gilmour’s trying to create, but if you listen carefully there’s much more. The vision it conjours for me is a sunset beach scene at low tide, a gently lapping sea, bright with the shimmering reflection of the low sun and with a multitude of birds on the vast expanse of glistening, exposed sand. If one listens carefully, the sounds of the sea and the bird calls are actually quite implicit within the soundscape. You can build on this as your imagination pleases, a rowboat being slowly oared, a lone figure walking – there is something maybe a touch solitary and melancholy about the atmosphere of this short piece.
But, as I say, this is just my particular vision, where the track leads my imagination. The beauty of music is that it touches each of us in its own way.
Jamie Field - Mermaid Kiss
Official website: www.mermaidkiss.co.uk/
Red Sky At Night II
I picked up a copy of 'On an Island' a few days after its release in San
Diego, heading up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco. What stuck out
to me, apart from being a beautifully crafted album, both musically and
lyrically, was how personal and honest it came across. It almost seemed
David has nothing to prove and is completely content with his life. The
track that really sent me was 'Red Sky at Night' (David's first ever
recorded saxophone contribution), as I was tracing the setting sun along the
Pacific coastline at the moment; timeless...I will never forget what seemed
like an age, but in reality lasted only two minutes and fifty-two seconds.
Best of luck and enjoy the show.
Liam Davison - Mostly Autumn
Official website: www.mostly-autumn.com
Starts out like a live jammed acoustic led ‘12 bar’, recorded in a small room, before settling down into the track formally.
The chorused vocals somehow reminded me of a Godley/Crème (Or 10cc) sound.....very nice indeed.
This is a track which sounds deceptively simple and therefore is all the harder to pull off with conviction, but Dave et al do so extremely well.
The odd lilting orchestral swells just add that touch of peculiarity to the proceedings.
60’s legend Georgie Fame provides the needed blues punctuating Hammond touches over a solidly steady Andy Newmark drum performance
Guy Manning - Guy Manning
Official website: www.guymanning.com
Then I Close My Eyes|
This is one of the instrumental interludes on the album that showcases Gilmour’s playing. The track opens with a turkish cumbus (banjo style instrument), moving on to ‘looped’ type motif with various instruments dipping in and out along the way, finishing up with some soothing vocals and cornet.
This, along with the other instrumental pieces, gives the listener a little break before continuing with the songs and complete the ‘vibe’ of the whole project.
On an Island as a whole is very satisfying (to my ears anyway) proving that we don’t need a Pink Floyd reunion doing stadium cabaret to fill the void of grand soundscapes with soulful guitar playing……………….we’ve got David Gilmour, I just hope he doesn’t leave it so long before the next solo album.
Chis Fry - Magenta
Official website: www.magenta-web.com
Andy Edwards - Ezra
"Search for a better way to find my way home to your smile" well we've all been there, but none of us have found such a beautiful way of saying it. Smile has a lazy gentle sound reminiscent of Meddle and Ummagumma and if you've ever seen the David Gilmours riverside studio/houseboat then the song should conjure up images of a sleepy river slowly passing by.
The fragile slide guitar and rhythm are perfectly accompanied my an intimate vocal and polly's perfect bvs, not too much and not too little a perfect song 10/10.
I wish I' written it.
Official website: www.ezra.co.uk/
A Pocketful Of Stones
So what makes a good progressive rock song?
Swathes of mellotron and keyboards, long screaming guitar solos, intricate time signatures, the song lasts for over 12 minutes, and a singer that
sounds and looks like Peter Gabriel ?.............these are the same old
cliches than have been used and re used as the yardstick by which to
But to me there is one element that is the only key to 'great music' ,
It was there with Bob Dylan, it was there with almost any Tony Banks
composition , it was there with any Marvin Gaye song...........and it is
here, thank God with Dave Gilmour.
I approached On An Island with a sense of excitement, not really knowing
what to expect, and I was surprised because what Gilmour has done is
essentially first and foremost an album of emotions and phenomenal
simplicity.....and surprises. Overall the album has that sleepy, dreamy
that I hear from Neil Young. Bliss....
Nick Barrett - Pendragon
A Pocketful Of Stones is more or less just piano and vocal, as soon as I
heard it I felt a wave of inspiration and a staggeringly strong feeling
I have not heard from a song in a long time , because Gilmour is telling
about something , not just a load of old prog piffle, he has something to
say in this song.
The song seems to be about a child who is oblivious to the influences of
outside world, a pocketful of stones is something that you find when you
wash your childrens clothes, you find all kinds of stuff in their pockets
after you've been to the beach, I wonder if this is what Gilmour was
In the song it seems that inevitably the child will grow up and move away
from this magical world.
The piano sound is just gorgeous, very mellow and I thought I heard just a
hint of Tony Banks in some of the scales.
There is a melancholy, simplicity and beauty in this song that only
like Dave Gilmour could create. It takes you somewhere! That is rare
days with progressive rock as most so called progressive rock journalists
and musicians are more into the science and maths of the music than any
Official website: www.pendragon.mu/
A Pocketful Of Stones
Sublimely meandering through dreamy melodies with a carefree smile while been slowly drowned by a
collection of minor chords shifts that inevitably win over, sinister yet of incredible beauty,
provocative and gentle in the same breath, a few passing thoughts in the form of a lullaby seamlessly
married to music, every word carried with total musical description of it's own meaning, the weight
of the world swinging below and of course the apparent fool refusing to notice. Work of genius.
Hope this is okay Nick
Bryan Josh - Mostly Autumn
Official website: www.mostly-autumn.com
Where We Start
Ginacarlo Erra - NoSound
The opening and ending tracks of On An Island, are for me without doubts the best of the album, in a perfect Pink Floyd album style. If Castellorizon is an introduction, Where We Start continues the tradition of songs like High Hopes, a melancholic and dreamy Gilmour song, perfect in all details. Lyrics can touch heart, a clear look to the life behind, to the present, and that positive message (yet present in High Hopes) 'so much behind us, so far to go'. Gilmour is now a 60 years old man, looking at his life, who wants to bring his listeners in the quiet and dreamy world he always singed, inviting to stop and listen, in the simplicity of his music, without special effects, just the music and lyrics. These days his messages is even stronger, now that all the rest of the world seem to go in the opposite direction.
The message and lyrics fits perfectly the Gilmour music at his best since High Hopes, with dreamy choruses, a so melancholic and precious piano underway, sapient hammond and orchestrations underlining all significant moments, and two simply breathtaking guitar solo..
A positive, melancholic and dreamy song, for sure one of the best things Gilmour ever wrote, it just keep my heart everytime I listen to it. Simply incredible.. '
Official website: NoSound
Guitaris and leader of the band Mostly Autumn.
Please tell us about your "first" Pink Floyd experience.
I can clearly remember sitting in the back of a grey mini van driving away from "The Harney Peak"; a pub situated in the north of the mountainous lake district, after a few pints of shandy. I was only nine years old so the alcohol content had me feeling particularly relaxed. There was a margarine tub with a car stereo jammed in it and on it my brother Andy was playing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by the Pink Floyd. In those fragile but sublime moments that followed I began to sense a very powerful relationship between music and nature. It seemed the two merged in some kind of organic harmony. I watched the bright night sky shine over the mountains, forests and waters through the front windscreen, while the perfect musical progression of “Crazy Diamond” was cutting the air. It definitely stirred up some kind of emotion in me and from then on Andy would carry on playing the likes of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Deep Purple, Spirit, Roy Harper, Jethro Tull, Supertramp, Queen and many more, not only when we were out camping but at home as well. All of these bands have had a great influence on me but I must say that I feel there is something about the Pink Floyd that got in my blood. I believe they are special in some way. "Shine on you crazy diamond" is still a song I hold as an all time favourite along with the album "Wish you were here".
Matthew Cohen of The Reasoning,
is rehearsing and writing with this new band, to finish an upcoming album and some gigs. |
Matthew is know from his solo project Erasmus and the great Prog band Magenta
(-It's true I almost renamed my site in mostlymagenta.lol instead of mostlypink.net, but pink or magenta
it's just are colours I adore). Sadly he left this band, Magenta,
but when you hear the demo at The Reasoning's site, you can ask yourself
if it is such a sad event really?
He did a fantastic job by promoting "All Around The World" by
ProgAid, a truly fine and awesome
cooperation of 50 artists, including ex-Genesis Anthonny Phillips, Nick Barrett, Ezra, Mostly Autumn,
boys from Marillion, Kino and Magenta, to name a few.
And if you hear his fantastic bass loops, you can understand why I like this guy.
Please stay in love.
Second guitarist in Mostly Autumn and busy with a solo album!
He was the most underrated guitarist of Mostly Autumn. But by the time they did a
Pink Floyd gig it became clear for a wider audience that he's is brilliant player as wel.
He's responsible for the great guitar effects and so now and then he's giving away a solo that
makes you shiver.
I'm really looking out to his new adventurous solo album. More about him soon.
The leading force of the fantastic prog band
Pendragon. A band formed in the slipstream of Marillion
in the early 80-ies and still one of the Top bands in this genre. With Believe he left
some boundaries, explored a new sound and succeeded extremely well. One of my favourite albums of
These are a few bits of an interview I did:
"The Dark Side" is still your favorite album?
huh huh...one of them!!
You're quite young when it came out, was it love at first sight?
Yes I was still at school, it was the first progressive album I heard, man
that album has strong feelings for me, I guess I was 13/14 something like
Ya know 'that' feeling when you hear again maybe in your 30's or 40's , an
album, that had a big impact on you in your teens, you are almost overcome
with the emotion of it...it's almost too much..
Is there no album which came close?
Yes: Trick Of The Tail, The Lamb, Moonmadness, these albums are NOT MUSIC,
they are part of my soul!!!
Do you have still the regular edit of your favourite albums, or did you bought
the surround sounding ones?
[Nick B.] Normal ones, I am not into different versions, with the extra pictures and
booklets and photos and dvds and tin of beans and leather jacket! I'm too lazy
to 'collect' music.
You never had the urge to play DSOTM at live gigs?
Nahhh.....I'd like to do it...but for fun, there are already TOOOOOOOO many
tribute bands! It kills your own credibility I think.
What is you favourite album of the 90-ies and of the new century? I'm
curious... Arena, or something obscure... ???
[Nick B.]of the 90's Tears For Fears Seeds Of Love..........................maybe
the new century Steely Dan Two Against Nature.........................maybe
If you want to read more or have a look at at a live review and pics check out
Picture above by Willem Klopper,
life in De Boerderij May 2006.
Please visit this guy and see more photo's at
Andy Edwards of Ezra is a fan of
Alex Lifeson and David Gilmour. And that you can hear on their albums. Big Smiley Sun has
a high Meddlish style and their new album Songs From Pennsylvania is
a real proggy feel good rock album.|
Check out this page and read an interview
with this guy I met by his collaboration with
ProgAid. And you can find there a review of his cd.
Ezra at The Point in Cardiff.
Guy Manning and Andy Tillison teamed up in "Parallel of 90
Degrees". Round '96 the band splitt up and both went
successful solo Andy with The Tangent and Guy with his own band.
Please could you tell why you did the DSOTM in the garden (in 1996!) and what happened? (the show was
recorded and you can find it on "More Exotic Way To Die" from PO90D as bonus mp3).
We were between bands and Andy, Sam & I decided to do some covers….we starred with DSOTM and then when we’d got it ready decided to have a bar-b-q in their back garden and have friends over to watch./.it was a good night!
We were asked to perform it just once more (at a friends of Andy’s retirement ‘do’)
We did the whole thing complete with a little balsa wood airplane on a cotton reel pulled across the front of the stage with a sparkler burning on its tail and 2 Pink Party Pig balloons floating either side….very funny
What is your favourite Pink Floyd album?
I like a lot of them but I guess either DSOTM or THE WALL
What is your favourite Pink Floyd solo-album?
Has to be AMUSED TO DEATH by Roger Waters - simply brilliant.
Best regards Nick,
Leading force of the band NoSound from Rome.
It's obvious that this new band is influenced by Porcupine Tree. They've made an awesome debut album in that real laidback style we know from
Steve Wilsons side projects, like BlackField and No-Man. Some good news is that Tim Bowness (from No-Man and other bands) is
working together with NoSound.
You recently played as support act of Tony Levin!
Yes we played with the band, Nosound, and Tim was with us..yes we played before Tony Levin
in an Auditorium ... very enjoyable situation.
Did you like David Gilmour show in that same fantastic building?
Yes, amazing, the right way between the 'big floyd show' and the previous acoustic DG tour.
If you were him, would you have choosen a different setlist?
No, I think every playlist is right as it is ;)
Did you ever saw Pink Floyd live?
Yes, twice in Rome in 1994.
What was your first record you bought ever? and what was your first Pink Floyd record?
I can't remember what was my first record ... really...even if Cluster One from The Division Bell signed a lot my music vision the first time I heard it.
Guitarist in Magenta, with some references to Steve Howe's & Stephen Hackett play but also a bit Gilmouresque.
I asked him: What's your connection with Pink Floyd?
Do you think they were important in the way (prog-) music has evolved?
What was the first album your bought of them?
Your first album ever?
With regards to Pink Floyd, I was first aware of them when 'Another Brick in the Wall' was in the charts as a single - the song seemed very dark (I was very young!) but had this really cool guitar solo - so that, for a few years summed up my impression of Pink Floyd.
Years later I was in a recording studio in London with a band for a few days and every morning the engineer
would come in and fire up the desk and put a track on while we would set up our gear. One morning this epic
track came out through the studio speakers which just blew me away, I asked what it was and the engineer
looked at me as if I'd asked who the Beatles were - the track was Shine on you Crazy Diamond! Then I thought
...... Ah, THAT'S Pink Floyd......now I understand.
So to answer your question the first album I bought was Wish You Were Here - it still gives me a buzz now.
I think there are still references to their sound in current music and they are one of the few prog style bands who have remained 'cool' where other bands have dropped in and out of favour over the years.
The first album I bought was Outlandos D'Amour by the Police - still a favourite band of mine.
Chris also plays sometime in a classical trio and that is something totally different then his
extraordinary stage show with Magenta.
I was pleased that he liked Lionna Boyd
too, but was surprised he didn't knew the album "Personna"
with David Gilmour.
Picture at the right; taken by me at the excellent performances at the Boerderij 20 May 2006.
Was nice meeting you Chris and the rest of the band, gonna see you soon!
Jamie Field of Mermaid Kiss.
This is a new guy I met by the internet, on the MostlyAutumn forum there were some posts about
adventurous soft prog album Salt on Skin. So I did buy the album and indeed splendid!
They deserve some publicity. This is
my page about them, a small review, some words of this fine guy a link to
their own page with some samples, so listen and be amazed.
Another guy I met recently is Mark Rowen, he's a guitarist and plays in
Iain Jennings new band
called Breathing Space. He is also involved in Marc Atkinsons band. Mark sent me some demo's
and they sound really good, hope to hear more! Marc Atkinson I knew from
his previous albums with Gabriel. Marc did backing vocals with Mostly Autumn, and the two guitarist of
Mostly Autumn, played on of his albums.
To make it complete; Iain Jennings is the ex-keyboardplayer of Mostly Autumn and made a fantastic album called
Breathing Space. They will hit the road this summer.
Roger Newport, a dear friend from England, he made some nice demo's and a true "Mostly Autumn"
and of course a "Odin Dragonfly" fan. Together with
Mostly Autumns webmaster David White they are making an album with some amazing people involved.
One of them will be Uriah Heeps John Lawton.
Check out: www.davewhitemusic.com/ and enjoy the beautiful roaring guitar!
Success my friends and thanks for your wonderful contribution, it is a pleasure to have you all on
Hope to see you on the road.
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.