Sebastian Plano – Impetus


IMPETUS is Sebastian Plano’s second full album release, the follow-up to his 2011 debut album Arrhythmical Parts of the Heart (which gets a well-deserved re-release for this special occasion, by the way).

Plano’s compositions are somewhat in line with a lot of contemporary ‘post-classical’ composers (like Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Nils Frahm) and will definitely appeal to the same audience. I say ‘somewhat’, because there are some notable difference too.

The difference is in the way these tracks are arranged: each one of them is like a small-scale sympony: “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”.

Born in Argentina, Sebastian Plano is a classically trained musician, not afraid to combine acoustical instruments with subtle electronics. His Argentinian folk roots can clearly be heard and felt in his use of the bandoneon, linking the music to modern Tango.
According to the sparse liner notes, all instruments were played by Sebastian Plano himself (“in a tiny room”) which sounds incredible because it feels like a complete chamber music ensemble playing. Nils Frahm obviously did a wonderful mastering job here!
Plano’s inspiration comes from classical music as well as from modern soundtrack composers.
In the way he combines all influences he manages to avoid the pitfall of becoming too pretentious, and with IMPETUS he delivers a fascinating album ‘full of miniature dramas, filled with life and beauty creating a storyline of boundless imagination”


Release Date: September 20, 2013

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