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Prog Head
May-07-2011, 10:59
'Traces' is a delicious release of NINE STONES CLOSE. Their music is somewhere at the middle ground between Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree. Each track exudes distinctive, dreamy, melancholic mood... The core member of this band is Adrian Jones. His playing can literally take your breath away. Just because Adrian has a lead guitar style very much as David Gilmour and Steven Wilson. :cool:
Mastermind's cohorts Marc Atkinson (vocals), Brendan Eyre (keyboards)and Neil Quarrell (bass) take it further. Theres' no doubt, Nine Stones Close has aquired a maturity - especially on the melodic aspect and diversifed arrangements. The vox and all instruments are full of confidence... ;)
So if you like this kind of music, you should have a listen.

http://www.myspace.com/ninestonesclose (http://www.myspace.com/ninestonesclose)
http://www.ninestonesclose.com/ (http://www.ninestonesclose.com/)

Prog Head
May-11-2011, 13:24
According to Prog-Nose review.

https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150153797742643

teddy
May-11-2011, 21:38
Certainly has something although I will want to listen to some more before buying

teddy

Prog Head
May-15-2011, 12:33
4,5 out of 5. Very good result.

http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl/CDreviews/NineStonesCloseTraces.html

Prog Head
May-24-2011, 07:31
From iO Pages, the April 2011 issue 100:

Nine Stones Close - Traces (TIP)

At the end of 2010 the successor to St Lo, named Traces, was released. This cd is now also availabe through Progrock records, which benefits the distribution. A big difference with the debut is that Nine Stones Close has grown into a full band with four members. Now Adrian Jones is mainly the guitar player of the band and he was responsible for all the compositions. The new members are singer Marc Atkinson (Mandalaband, Riversea), keyboard player Brendan Eyre (Riversea) and bass guitarist Neil Quarrell. Also the music has a slightly more light-hearted character, but generally the five songs of Traces have a melancholic and somewhat dark atmosphere. This you can hear in the David Gilmour-esque opener Reality Check, but even more in the close to 11 minutes lasting Threads, a splendid slow progballad in the vein of Pink Floyd with guitar playing that makes your mouth water. Falling To Pieces and the title track continue in this style, with special mention to the guitar solo in the latter track which gives you goosebumps. Thicker Than Water, with its 14.57 minutes the longest composition on this album, closes this splendid cd with soft supporting keyboards, warm, slightly hoarse vocals and subtle drum and bass playing. Ofcourse Adrian interweaves this on his guitar with all kinds of beautiful licks, leads and chords. The last five minutes they even rock out and Nine Stones Close sounds as a great modern progband somewhere between Porcupine Tree, Marillion and Gazpacho. This is something they should do more often, also to ensure that they don't just stick to purely quiet songs, which on Traces, however, is not a problem. The compositions, production and playing is of a high quality, just like Ed Unitsky's artwork.

Review by Rob Hanemaayer.

Prog Head
Jun-04-2011, 09:06
An interview with NSC's mastermind, Adrian Jones.

http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl/Specials/InterviewAdrianJones.html