Before founding The Black Noodle Project in 2004, bandleader Jérémie Grima recorded some demos to show his future band mates what he had in mind musically. Some of these ideas were later found on the regular albums. Contrary to his original intention, Grima has now released the complete demos as a limited double CD. Fortunately, you have to say, because some things sound better and more unspent than on the professionally produced longplayers that followed. Disc 1 ("Early Smiles") contains, in addition to the unreleased material, three instrumentals that Grima wrote especially for a documentary film, as well as a piece that was to land on the album of his more acoustically interpreted side project Stereoscope. Disc 2 ("Dark Smiles") is the demo that convinced Grima Musea Records to give him a record deal. Fans of Pink Floyd and/or Porcupine Tree should definitely listen to the story. For fans the album is a must anyway, especially as the edition is limited to 500 copies. Hit and smile!
Top track: Maybe Yesterday