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St Lo

by Nine Stones Close

Cinematic, ambient, guitar driven progressive rock music with a dark and dreamlike edginess which creates soundscapes and interlinked songs and themes which take the listener on a musical journey to tell the albums story.
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1. Too Far Out
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2. A Door Opens
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3. Crashed
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4. Drowning Now
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5. Silently Screaming
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6. Remaining Days
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7. A Sense of Colour
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8. Ran Aground
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9. Hospitalbubble
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10. Interlude To Something
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11. Remaining Day's (reprise)
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12. Red & White
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nine Stones Close is the solo project of Ade Jones, guitarist and songwriter with Lie Big.

The music is more progressive in nature than Lie Big and encompasses many of Ade's other influences, much of which would not fit easily onto a Lie Big album. The musical direction draws from more progressive influences such as Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd as well as harder edged rock to create a wide range of soundscapes and songs to convey the music's message.

The debut album, St-Lo is based around a near death experience in Ade's life and the feelings and dreams induced during that traumatic event. The music is layered and arranged to try to recreate the mixture of terror, fear and dreamlike detachment from the events as they unfolded and to convey that uneasiness to the listener.

The album is somewhat an exorcism of some personal ghosts and an outpouring of emotional debris into the music and lyrics.

The result is an ebb and flow of musical pieces from light to dark and soft to heavy. These pieces interlink to form a musical journey.

The music has been likened to Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Nine Inch Nails whilst recognised as having an identity all of it's own.


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Michel

Splendid!
The problem with references is that one runs the risk of giving the impression that the music is lacking in originality. Let me assure you that this is not at all the case with this album. Yes, the Pink Floyd influence is absolutely there, both in the splendid guitar work and the vocals. And do I hear some David Sylvian every now and then (Gone To Earth, second disc, but I could be mistaken)? There is even a Peter Gabriel moment somewhere along the line (well, at least to my ears there is). But most of all this is a great album that very much stands on its own with some pretty amazing guitar work. The story behind the album (read the Album Notes) is perfectly reflected in the music, resulting in a dark album that moves between atmospheric and heavy moments (just the way I like it). A word of advice: pay the extra money for the cd version. Discussions about sound quality aside, this is a concept album where the songs flow seamlessly in each other and which should be listened to in one go. The mp3 version just won't do the album justice. Now go and buy it!

Rod Taylor

Stunning guitar work, gorgeous soundscapes
In a nutshell: this is one stonker of a CD. Some fantastic guitar playing combined with some truly gorgeous atmospherics and solid song-writing make it a real treat to the ears.

This album is the classic 'grower': listen to it once and a few bits and pieces (mostly solos) will stand out as being really noteworthy. Play it a few more times and you'll find yourself humming along to whole songs; play it again and you'll find it's stuck on repeat in your CD player for the next few weeks. This is what's happened to me when listening to this wonderful album by Nine Stones Close. Ade Jones is a fantastic guitar player, somehow finding a wonderful balance between metal riffs galore and atmospherics a la Gilmour, Rothery or Reznor.

I can't recommend this CD enough to anyone who likes intelligent guitar-based rock. Buy it now. :)

amcy

Wow!
New having heard anything by Ade Jones before, I was unsure what I would get when advised to give St Lo by Nine Stones Close (Ade's solo recording name) a listen. He is lead guitarist with Lie Big as well, which are also worth checking out if you like Soundgarden or Alice In Chains.

I was taken aback on the first listening and have enjoyed it more with each subsequent play. It is a definite grower and I certainly get the Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd references, but it is mostly much more stripped back than these bands, exploring the blacker end of the spectrum. It is atmospheric and yet very musical at the same time and is a definite album to put on repeat and listen to the changing nuances to my humble ears.

The music ebbs and flows, varying between being very dark in some places, whilst very beautiful in others. Not suprising, given the subject matter that led to the recording. There is no doubt that he is a great guitarist and I would recommend this album to anyone who is open to new music. Yes, it is influenced by prog and by guitar-led rock, but it is so much more than this and stands up on its own. Do not let the influences put you off, give it a go and enjoy this talented and sometimes edgy guitarist as he takes you on a great journey.

Ron Fuchs - ProgNaut.com

Recommended tO fans of the more spacey side of progressive rock
Nine Stones Close is the solo project of Adrian “Ade” Jones, (guitars & vocals) from a band called Lie Big. I haven’t heard the band Lie Big so I can’t make any comparisons. Musically it’s a blend of a few styles, with bands like Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Porcupine Tree (Sky Moves Sideways) and some modern indie sounds spread out among the debut album, St. Lo.

According to the Nine Stones Close page at CDBaby, “St-Lo is based around a near death experience in Ade’s LIFE and the feelings and dreams induced during that traumatic event. It also says that the album is somewhat an exorcism of some personal ghosts and an outpouring of emotional debris into the music and lyrics.”

Without getting too philosophical, I’d say music always keeps a person sane, so it’s a perfect way for a musician to “cleanse” their spirit of unwanted things. Also some musicians tend to have more tortured souls, so music is their outlet.

While by some people’s view this is a rather short album (38+ minutes) but I sense Ade wanted quality rather than quantity to convey his vision. This is by far one of the more exciting and emotional albums I’ve heard. The album was released in 2008 and went under many‘s radar including mine. Now that it’s in full view of my attention, I must recommend THIS ALBUM TO fans of the more spacey side of progressive rock as well as fans of the aforementioned bands.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on October 24th, 2009

Mikey

Cathartic, beautiful, sometimes brutal
Two sides to this - terrific - album grab me.

One is Ade Jones' obvious dedication to prog and hard rock voices from the past: to me it sounds like Floyd haunted by the ghost of Kurt.

Musicality aside, the real urgency of this record comes from the feeling that something terrible inspired the music and words. The titles are a signpost - hospitalbubble, remaining days, silently screaming - the mixture of angst-and-release far more instructive.

Fave track is Red & White: Nirvana in the recovery room; liquid morphine.

More than the excellent music, there's trauma in these grooves. And I like it.

Steve Cozart - The DividingLine.com

Don't Pass This One Up!
As a DJ on a Progressive Rock Internet Radio Station, I get to hear a lot of different bands before I decide to play them on my show. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of the band Lie Big or the artist Adrian Jones prior to getting a copy of this CD in the mail, along with the standard promotional info and request for airplay. One day I got around to listening. WOW! Exciting - Unique - Dark - Powerful - Entertaining - Moving - all just some of the words I felt after the first spin. I wasn't immediately knocked out by Ade's vocals (Ade and I are now friends, so he won't hate me for saying so), but after a few more spins and a conversation with him about the real-life experiences and personal meaning to his life, I then connected with his vocal performance as well. Now I can't imagine these songs without his vocal artistry.
The album kicks off with "Too Far Out" - a slow burn...churn track that explodes into "A Door Opens". I have to admit - it ranks up there with some of my favorite album openers like, "The Wall" and "Brave" - yep - it's that good!
You've read in all the previous reviews about the influences identified in the content of St. Lo - that's just it - they are influences not imitations. You'll love how you get taken on this dark journey with nods and homages to bands and artists you already know. It adds to the enjoyment rather than distract from it. Other stand-out tracks for me are "Interlude to Something", "My Remaining Days (Reprise)" and "Black and White" - Actually, I listen to those last three tracks as one musical experience. Great stuff!
Ade tells me he has been working on, and is almost finished writing and recording the next Nine Stones Close release, currently entitled, "Traces" - I aired the title track in it's current form last week on my radio show. If this amazing track is demonstrative of what's to come from Ade and crew, we're in for a release that could truly launch this band to the next level of success and popularity. Buy, St. Lo now, so you can say, "I knew them when..."