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Artist Spotlight: Plini

As prestigious from his masterclasses to his independency in artistry and musicianship, Plini is one artist who is a devoted forward-thinker and has created a magnificent blend of instrumental progressive rock.

All hand-crafted and recorded from his own bedroom studio.

FIRST THOUGHTS

Truth be told, instrumental prog rock is never a genre I have tapped into almost entirely during a music session. But, holy hell. What an artist to discover this genre. A mind-bending genre in its own right.

Beautifully harmonic, illustrious in creativity and composure, Plini is a mastermind on the guitar.

Using oh, so many strings and no headstock allowing you as a musician to manipulate its work that little bit more, his craft is a complex cavity of musical brilliance that is flawless and – hard to grasp when you realise its just one Australian fella behind it all.

LISTEN

You can have a listen to his EP from last year named, Impulse Voices below. This most recent display of work shows off the sunset offerings of I’ll Tell You Someday and The Glass Bead Game. Going back further, is the witnessing of 2016’s EP of Handmade Cities. An album that is far more contemplative and reserved than his follow-up, it features Electric Sunrise and Every Piece Matters.

Even if you were not an avid investor of progressive rock similar to myself, I implore you to have a listen. …Even if it’s just for a couple?

Handmade Cities:

Impulse Voices:

For something extra, witness Plini’s mindset as he takes a walkthrough of his song, Pan.

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SONG OF THE DAY

The song of the day today is Black Foxxes’, Witch Mountain. An ‘airy’ magnificence which lingers that bit longer even when finished.

Like the swirling atmosphere you begin to imagine at a summit of such a place like ‘Witch Mountain’, the song has a certain sense of odd beauty, uncertainty and important spacing throughout.

Recently discovering Black Foxxes as an iconic indie collective abound with emotion and musical arching, and are certainly prevalent on any chill playlist I wish to play on a weekend afternoon. Best during those overcast kind of days.

Give it a spin – or have a blast through their catalogue so far – and let me know your thoughts on the raw and husky works of Holley and co.

This is BLACK FOXXES.

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Imagine Dragons: ‘Mercury – Act 1’ Album Review

The Return of the Indie Mythicals is FINALLY HERE! Dowsed in feelings of beautiful sorrow and emotion, Mercury – Act 1 takes us to a side of the group we haven’t really heard of before.

Featuring the usual individual in spectacular locations – from GiantsCauseway in 2012’s debut to rising in the sky among the colours of the rainbow in 2017’s Evolve – the album is a pinnacle Dragon discovery of charm, class and hideously catchy indie pop waves of beauty.

The fond pre-singles of Wrecked, Follow You and Cutthroat are obvious favourites among the album, resulting an impressive record of stream listens. This of course, harks back to their familiar song-writing skill that are known for just creating instant classics that will be certainly remembers in the coming years.

The album features a more elaborated dissonance with the use of synth electronics and creative sounds dominating a lot of the tracks, with Giants and Monday being my instant go-to so far. It seems that Reynolds plucked a leaf out of Tyler’s book from Twenty One Pilots for this record, as the dark storytelling with the occasional harmonious and chaotic screaming ark through the 13 track setlist. This is not necessarily bad thing per se, as I love this style of music writing more so than ever.

This is not a particular charm of theirs that draws me to their music but its understandable that it appears on this album, especially after the natural progression from Origins in 2018 to now.

But, it isn’t too long before the mystical quartet remembers their true sounds and they’re back to their acoustic best with My Life and It’s Ok and One Day. More importantly of all, shock entry Dull Knives certainly needs a mention as this is an emphatic change for the bright-pop dwellers but I’m all for it.

I genuinely love the feel of this album and has certain stir-crazy moments that is a joy to listen to. Another stellar performance from the LA guys for their fifth studio attempt. Nothing rings more true than their Demons debut, but this is certainly not bad going considering.

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Reading and Leeds: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

With Reading and Leeds festival finally coming to a close this week, with ample amounts of music lovers flocking to our festival fields once more, it was hugely gratifying and humbling to see the love of UK music return – almost as if the last 12 months just didn’t happen. But with the festival amidst the end of a pandemic, it comes with hesitations.

What was the ratio from men to women in artists performing and why was it so disproportionate to gender? Amidst the rumours followed, why wasn’t COVID ruled as important and encouraged with regular checks? With live music set to return in full swing, it is imperative that we still understand that the virus is still active and prompt on our shores.

But we mustn’t ruin the party, as it was a roaring success of live music and made us really miss it all throughout the lockdown. More so than most. It takes us all back to when times were normal and enjoying ourselves at a music festival was seen as simply fun and not a moral obligation to test crowd control and vaccine efficiency. It was so nice seeing so many fond memories being made, when all we wanted to do for the past year was forget. Hopefully, this gives us a fantastic insight into always looking forward now and revitalising our future. Thanks R+L, til next year!

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Man v Music Magazine is OUT NOW.

In a world exuberant with music, it’s important to find yours. From critical album reviews, industry news and topical conversations, join the discussion in Man v Music – the first edition of musicality and design prowess all in one fanciful magazine.

If you wanted to have a preview or a peruse at the magazine, then have a look at the link below, folks. Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d LOVE to hear the pearls of wisdom from such a fantastic blogging community.

Man v Music

By Alex Curle