Friday is Fripp day
Turn the lights down please, relax, lay back and Fripp !
If you discover No-Man today, it will most likely be because you know about Porcupine Tree, and/or Steven Wilson, and find out that he has got this “side” project going called No-Man. The truth is, it is not a side project, he started Porcupine and No-man, almost simultaneously. Anyway in that case you might not think about checking “Flowermouth” because it from 1994, and it is the 2nd album, who wants to check the 2nd ? But that would be a shame, because it’s a darn good 2nd. Flowermouth draws inspiration from 80’ New Wave and Synthpop, adding art rock elements and ambient textures. With Steven Wilson mixing, as expected, “Flowermouth” is a rich sonic experience.
Flowermouth : Simple (with:Fripp, vocal sample of Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance)
Besides the core duo of Steven Wilson (multiple instruments) and Tim Bowness (vocal) “Flowermouth” was spiced with guest performances from prominent names, Robert Fripp and Mel Collins from “King Crimson”, Richard Barbieri and Steve Jansen from “Japan”, Ian Carr from “Nucleus”, and drummer Chris Maitland.
Flowermouth : Animal Ghost (with Fripp, Mel Collins, Chris Maitland)
Richard Barbieri recorded an fine album “Flame” with No-Man vocalist Tim Bowness, the same year as “flowermouth” was recorded, Richard Barbieri and guest drummer Chris Maitland, joined Wilsons psychedelic solo project Porcupine Tree and together with Colin Edwin (bass) turned it into a very successful Progressive Rock Band.
Flowermouth : Shell Of A Fighter (with Fripp, Richard Barbieri)
In between his work with other projects and his flagship Porcupine Tree, Steven have kept No-Man going and they have released 6 studio albums, latest in 2008. Wilson and Fripp remained friends and Wilson have been working on, reissues of the King Crimson catalog in 5.1 surround sound. Fripp played a guest performance on Porcupine Three’s 2007 EP Nil Recurring, with a guitar solo on the title track.
Porcupine Tree : Nil Recurring