Handmade Cities

1. Electric Sunrise
2. Handmade Cities
3. Inhale
4. Every Piece Matters
5. Pastures
6. Here We Are, Again
7. Cascade

PLINI - Guitar, Programming
Simon Grove - Bass
Troy Wright - Drums



Drums recorded at Wright Drum School Studios and mixed at Nerve Studios by Simon Grove.
Composed, arranged, produced & mixed by Plini in a bedroom in Sydney.
Mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions.
Artwork by Alex Pryle

Released 2016-10-28
Reviewed 2016-10-27


Australian music maestro Plini makes cities by hand for his debut album, the guitarist described as the future of exceptional guitar playing by Steve Vai according to the press release. He has done some stuff before but this is the first album, a seven-track album with a 35-minute playing time. Cool artwork that kind of drags you into the album, it looks fun and interesting. But what about these handmade cities then, are they something to look closer at?

I would say yes to that last question, it is instrumental music with drive. It kind of tells a story where the songs are like chapters each with their individual and different part of the whole. The melodies and variations are very strong; they have depth and showcase some brilliant musicianship. I think the album has a great sound, great production, and thanks to a short playing time it is an album you want to play again once it ends – that is always a mark of a strong album.

Sometimes, or rather many times, I think instrumental music is lacking something, something that is often filled by a vocalist. This album doesn’t suffer that problem, the songs have a drive that keeps you listening and you make up the words to the story yourself. And for me that story turns out rather good and exciting, I really like it. I would claim that Plini is a name to remember; I would not be surprised if we get more stuff of a very high calibre from this guy.

Handmade Cities could be a place to look for residence but if you’re not I would claim that this is one of the most interesting album of this year. With all seven tracks being really great it is easy to like this album and I would write that it comes highly recommended, at least by me so my suggestion is that you should have a closer look at this great album. Handmade cities is handmade music at its best.





Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Animals As Leaders/Alan Holdsworth/Pat Metheny
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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