PAGAN with Crave Death, Blind Girls & Masochist. Crowbar, Brisbane Saturday 18 August, 2018 At 8pm on a Saturday …
A little groove here, a little jazz there, throw in some electronic pop undertones and a smidge of grinding rock and hey, presto! Here you have Sunhead, the stellar and innovative EP from prog instrumentalist Plini.
It’s not a bad sounding little number at all, really, if sometimes mellow and all times mind-blowing swoops of well-executed and complex riffs is your thing. Plini courses through four tracks of specially detailed jazz-inspired prog, melded together by fluid guitar playing, a skill to be considered twice as impressive when you throw in that this is mostly a bedroom studio effort.
The influences Plini’s gathered from extensive travel and international support slots is evident as the music seemingly takes you on a journey
Voluminous tracks like Kind and Salt + Charcoal more than compensate for a lack of vocals as Plini throws in enough detail for his sound to morph into that otherwise created by a full band. The influences Plini’s gathered from extensive travel and international support slots is evident as the music seemingly takes you on a journey, exotic friends and encounters of interest surfacing in mind-blowing saxophone solos, dancing piano appearances and some rambunctious bass lines.
Instrumental prog is definitely taking off in a big way, hitting the mainstream with a ferocity that’ll leave you breathless—and with acts like Plini a spearhead in the movement, who would want to stop it?
STANDOUT TRACKS: Kind, Salt + Charcoal, Sunhead
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Polyphia, Intervals, Periphery