četvrtak, 5. rujna 2013.

Sebastian Plano - Impetus (2013)


Aritmetski dijelovi naših duša. Izvađeni rukom i stavljeni na argentinsku travu da se suše na vjetru. U daljini se čuje melodičan zalazak svijeta. Izvrsno, toplo srebro.

Denovali is truly an artist’s friend.  Once again, the attentive label is releasing a brand new album by an underexposed artist while concurrently re-issuing an earlier work.  The latest beneficiary is cellist Sebastian Plano, whose debut album, Arrhythmical Part of Hearts, will finally see worldwide distribution alongside new work Impetus.  Nils Frahm is involved, of course, and the early comparisons to ‘Olafur Arnalds are accurate.  Impetus combines cello, piano, percussion and light electronics in a manner reminiscent of Arnalds’ early work; Plano’s nearly imperceptible, wordless vocals operate as an instrument on a couple tracks, unlike those heard on Arnalds’ latest.
The strength of Plano’s music is in the shifts.  The Argentinian artist typically sets the mood with layers of strings before bursting forth with a change in tone or tempo.  This tendency is evident as early as the opening (title) track, which begins with cello and synthesized seagulls and slowly adds chimes before confidently plunging the piano into the mix at 1:41.  But by 2:30, the track has begun to slow; we can even hear Plano’s breathing.  A minute later (3:38), the piece seems to be over, but then the ivories, now obviously miked, introduce a new sub-movement.  The cello takes over for a bit, then retreats, allowing the piano to wind down like a music box.  This dance continues throughout the album, the instruments complimenting each other like clouds and sun.
This particular sub-genre of music – accessible modern composition – has become quite popular in the past few years.  Neither new age (the shallow end of the spectrum) nor avant-garde (the deep end), it has helped to draw listeners into the larger field of classical music, which spans centuries.  This is clearly a good thing.  The test will be to see how long the trend can continue without saturating the market.  When Plano adds touches of tango, we cheer inwardly, knowing that such distinctiveness will be necessary for longevity.
Each individual track is lovely, although as a whole the album might have benefitted from a more restricted palette.  While the shifts are exciting (perhaps the best arriving at 1:16 of “Blue Loving Seratonin”), one wishes Plano would cut back on the electronics more often.  The two-minute “In Between Worlds II” is the only piece to highlight the work of strings alone, yet it’s one of the most effective, while the best piece, “All Given to Machinery”, ironically restricts those very machines to the opening minute.  As Plano continues to move forward, we encourage him to find his own path, venturing where others have not yet trod.  - Richard Allen

Born into a musical family in Argentina, Sebastian Plano is a classically-trained contemporary music composer / multi-instrumentalist. Exploring his strong roots in folk music, Tango, and enchanted by the resonance of electronic music, he began to interpret his imagination into own sounds at the age of 12.
There are classical musicians who embrace the modern world we live in today and that is what Sebastian Plano does. Already with the first release of his debut album "Arrhythmical Part of Hearts", Plano has gained international acclaim, placing him as one of the pioneering artists combining classical and electronic elements. His new and second full length album is entitled "Impetus" - a moving force, stimulation and momentum that originated right after completion of his debut album.
In comparison to Plano's debut, "Impetus" comprises a larger acoustic instrumentation and a nurtured way of handling sounds. Instruments and sounds are added and dropped, the tempo is raised and lowered, sudden subtle changes of mood generate forward motion and lead us into new episodes and interludes. The tone is by turns insistently yearning, wistfully pretty, gently melancholic, and urgently rhythmic. Intimate quiet moments leading to vast soundscapes of strings and electronic percussion. Plano's new album is full of such miniature dramas, filled with life and beauty creating a storyline of boundless imagination.
Sebastian Plano's music draws from a wide pool of influences. Indeed, it is influenced by much of classical music, but we also find similarities to some soundtrack composers, as well as certain musicians such as Ólafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós, Arvo Pärt, Nils Frahm or Max Richter. Sebastian has recently collaborated with ex-Kronos Quartet's cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, who takes part in his forthcoming EP album called "Novel".
"Impetus" will be released in September 2013 by Denovali Records. The release is accompanied by a re-release of Sebastian Plano's debut "Arrhythmical Part of Hearts" with entirely new artwork and worldwide distribution as well as a tour throughout Europe soon after. - denovali.com/sebastianplano/

Arrhythmical Part of Hearts (2011)  streaming

In his debut album "Arrhythmical Part of Hearts", Plano skillfully meshes the sounds of the cello, piano, bandoneon, percussion, and his own vocals into entirely new soundscapes. Its passionate yet graceful melody paints a cinematic landscape of the world unseen and allures you to be lost in the pleasant waves of divine sounds.
The album is constantly unfolding different sonorities - old and new, everything is as fresh and smooth as the first time it was played. Cello is the main tool utilized on the album, but that is not to say that it in singular in its musical voice; rather, Plano achieves a rich network of sounds that dazzle as they weave in an out of one another.
Already with the first release of "Arrhythmical Part of Hearts", Plano has gained international acclaim, placing him as one of the pioneering artists combining classical and electronic elements. Denovali Records will re-release this debut, with entirely new artwork and worldwide distribution, along with the release of Plano's new album "Impetus" in September 2013. The release will be followed by an extensive tour throughout Europe. Recently, Sebastian has undertaken a collaboration with ex Kronos Quartet's cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, who takes part in his forthcoming EP album called "Novel".
Sebastian Plano's music has been considered along the sounds of Ólafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós, Arvo Pärt, Nils Frahm or Max Richter.- denovali.com/sebastianplano/

If there is an album we missed we don't have any problem reviewing it a couple years late. In this case we discoved a awesome gem that will get fans of max ricter, sigur ros type music very excited. The young mans name is Sebastian Plano and has created some captivating music that we have starting playing  in the early morning at our offices. I’ve been listening to the album for the last couple of weeks and every time I listen to these songs, the many sounds within  them continually  unfolds secret chambers and new territory to explor. Even though I probably spun this album about 25 times I always feel that I am discovering something new. every time I listen This music is really appreciated most when listening on system that deserves these types of sounds (nice headphones or sound system).
    There are a lot of great tracks on this. Some highlights for me include "Image of Sentimentals" that has a gorgeous string section that is accompanied by a circular, simple yet beautiful piano melody. I was pleasatly surprised when I heard the third track "Running on Caffeine which picks up the pace a bit with some nice sounding electronic drum kits.
Overall, these songs really flow nicely into one another and is something that is such a treat to listen to. - www.theequalground.com/

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