Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: The Seldon Plan “Coalizione del Volere”

Baltimore’s own, Seldon Plan, return with a new record entitled, “Coalizione del Volere” . Consisting of only 8 songs lasting a total of 24 minutes, it may well be considered an EP. We last heard from them on their third record, “Lost and Found and Lost” (review here).

The Seldon Plan writes music for the thinking, sophisticated pop rock fan. With more intellectual lyrical content and intricate song structures, songs by The Seldon Plan usually take a few spins to sink in and appreciate. The catchiness of the melodies that jumped out to impress me last time is not as obvious on this effort. “Fractionation” is a potent start, however, with atmospheric verses leading up to a climatic chorus that is eagerly welcomed when it comes around again. The burst of energy dissipates into the more laid back “Fool’s Gold” and “Starlette Pendant”, both of which are OK. There is an aching beauty to “Fool’s Gold” that many fans will adore. “Love Your Way” and “Our Time In Rockland County” are much more up my alley – upbeat and instantly catchy, with some cool harmony work. “Millennials” is quite the grower as well (video below).

Recommended if you like The Churchills, The Weakerthans, or The Feelies.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 4, 6, 7

The Seldon Plan on MySpace. Official site.

Check out the video for “Millennials”

The Seldon Plan- Millennials from The Seldon Plan on Vimeo.


Anonymous said...

do you know that the lead singer from the seldon plan is from sykesville, md?

Bill's Music Forum said...

Small world! He also has a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, yes?