Cellar Noise’s debut album “Alight” brought us a young but really competent band, confident of their own means and with strong potential, partly still unexpressed. Their second record “Nautilus”, coming only two and a half years later from its predecessor, shows an incredibly improved band, author of an exceptional work.
“Nautilus” presents itself as a journey in search of the fears and constructions of the human mind: only through a deep knowledge and understanding we can comprehend people and their experiences; an interesting theme, explored by the group’s multi-faceted music, result of the collective collaboration of all the band members. Cellar Noise have almost completely abandoned the strong ’70s reminiscences of their previous work by turning their sight to the present and exploring the modern sound of current productions, leading us towards heavy-prog territories (“Leeches”) several times, leaving space to melancholic and dreamy atmospheres (“Her”) and even indulging in some pop incursions (“Nautilus”): all these elements come together harmoniously in the 12 minutes of the manifesto-song “Omega”.
Entirely sung in English, “Nautilus” is an album with an international soul also on the production side: it was in fact recorded at Larsen Premoli’s RecLab Studio and mixed/mastered in Sweden at the legendary Fascination Street Studios, while the cover artwork duties have been entrusted to Carl Glover, longtime collaborator of Steven Wilson and many other KScope artists.
An ideal meeting point between Porcupine Tree, Riverside and Fates Warning? It exists, and is called “Nautilus”. Do not miss it!
CD digipack edition with 12-page booklet.