Genre/Influences: Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, Industrial.
Background/Info: no1uno (pronounced ‘no one you know’) is a trio based in Pennsylvania (USA). They were mainly active during the late 90s. This EP is a 20th anniversary re-issue of songs that were originally released on the album “no1uno2”. Five tracks have been selected and remastered.
Content: It’s not an easy thing defining the sound of this band. The songs rather sound as the fusion between different influences. The opening piece is a kind of crossover between bombast and epic arrangements together with Industrial guitar playing and early techno effects. The vocals have been produced with some effects as well. The work also features a short instrumental cut while other pieces are moving from Ambient-like Electronics towards Experimental passages.
+ + + : If you’re in search of diversity, this EP is definitely what you’re looking for. I enjoyed the opening cut (cf. “Down The Dance”) for the mix of influences and its bombast. Another attention grabber is “Soon”, which has something mysterious. The whispering male- and female vocals are accentuating the haunting atmosphere of this song.
– – – : Diversity is cool, but there’s not that much coherence between the tracks. It feels a bit like a compilation or music composed for visual performance.
Conclusion: This reissue is not exactly setting the world alight, but it’s an opportunity to (re)discover a somewhat forgotten project.
Best songs: “Down The Dance”.