no-man is a British duo formed in 1987 by Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).
The name no-man was adopted in 1990 and first used on the self-released June 1990 single release, Colours.
Originally creating a sample-based proto-trip hop / ambient styled music, no-man’s sound has become more organic, eclectic and band-oriented in subsequent years.
On labels such as One Little Indian, Sony, Adasam and Kscope, the band has so far produced six studio albums and a number of singles / outtakes collections, most notably, 2006's career retrospective, All The Blue Changes.
no-man's most recent studio album, Schoolyard Ghosts, was released in May 2008 and received some of the most favourable reviews of the band's career (being described as truly sublime by Classic Rock magazine).
Mixtaped - a double DVD package including a film of the band's sell-out London performance in 2008, a career profiling documentary and assorted promotional videos - was released in October 2009.
Bowness and Wilson possess voracious musical appetites, and their individual and collective refusal to become boxed in by any reductionist definition is what has ultimately rendered no-man's six studio recordings and two live recordings so distinctive...and so ultimately important in defining their respective careers.
All About Jazz
Conceivably the most important English group since The Smiths...
Can easily be measured with the best work of similarly unclassifiable acts like Japan and Talk Talk...
The power of great pop.
It's hard to say why they affect me this way - the biting melodies? The sheer bliss of the arrangements? the way you simply can never tell where a track is going until it's already gone and you can only just sit there smiling while a shiver runs up yer spine? God knows