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Seldon - Per Quale Sentiero

Seldon - Per Quale Sentiero

Label : Red Cat Records | Archive under prog / sympho metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Leon : Jazz-rock with Italian vocals, that is something I have not heard very often. The only band I can name, which comes a bit close, is Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), but their music is definitely not as jazzy than what the band Seldon makes. Although the band was formed in 2008, it took seven years for the first album, Tutto A Memoria, to be released. The second album took considerably less time, Per Quale Sentiero has been available since the end of 2018.

The name Seldon comes from one of the books by Isaac Asimovs, one of the best known Science Fiction writers of the last century. The band is so inspired by the writer that many of the texts on the album also contain many Science Fiction influences, sometimes even from Asimov stories. Unfortunately, I had to discover that from the information provided with the album, because all texts are sung in Italian. People who read my reviews more often know how I feel about this. Also in this case I think that it is a big missed opportunity, because the band makes pretty interesting music that will certainly not be picked up by the international public. The music is a mix between jazz and progressive rock, not necessarily very special, but now with slightly more jazz influences than is normally the case. That makes the music interesting and, although I cannot understand the lyrics, I am interested enough to keep listening. This is mainly due to the mix of strong and interesting rhythmic parts by drummer Marco Barsanti and bassist Carlo Bonamico, and the melodic additions of Francesco Bottais guitars and Marco Baroncinis keyboards. Instrumentally the album is well composed, but what about the vocals? Baroncini is not only a pianist, he also sings, and he certainly does not do that badly. The man is not a fantastic singer but what he does sounds good and fits well with the music. What I regret, however, is that the mix falls a bit short, it sounds like it was recorded somewhere in the eighties or nineties. A more modern mix would not have been out of place for me.

Per Quale Sentiero is an excellent album, the men of Seldon can be proud of the result. If the band had sung in English then I would have certainly written that they would have the potential to get some more international attention from the progressive rock community, but unfortunately that is not the case. For anyone who does not care about that, there is plenty to discover, a listen is certainly recommended. A deserved good score for this band.

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