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ROBERT SVILPA

Neo-Prog • United States


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Robert Svilpa is a guitarist, keyboardist, singer and songwriter from the U.S. In 2005, he joined with keyboardist and vocalist Paul Harrington and bassist Mark Parris - the latter two going under the band name Paraesthesia - to release his first album "The Sound of Thoughts". Svilpa has a wide variety of influences, including bands from the prog genre such as PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON, RUSH and GENESIS, as well as newer prog artists such as PORCUPINE TREE, DREAM THEATER, and SPOCK'S BEARD. He also has several influences outside of the prog realm, including alternative artists such as REM and MATTHEW SWEET and folk artists such as JAMES TAYLOR and CSNY.

In 2009, Robert and band released his second album, this time under the name Robert Svilpa and Paraesthesia, called "A Fine Line Between...", a sequel to his first CD. Svilpa is currently working on recording cover versions of some of the songs which influenced him, from prog artists, alternative artists and others. Among these is a cover version of "Watcher of the Skies". He also plans an electronic CD with Paul Harrington, as well as a third CD completing the trilogy begun with "The Sound of Thoughts".

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2.14 | 3 ratings
The Sound of Thoughts
2005
3.05 | 3 ratings
A Fine Line Between...
2009

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 The Sound of Thoughts by SVILPA, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.14 | 3 ratings

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The Sound of Thoughts
Robert Svilpa Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars An American musician,producer and composer,Robert Svilpa played in several small bands in his youth and even released a couple of solo works during the 90's,mainly distributed in the local area.1998 sees Robert moving to Seattle,building the foundation for what would become Hyperboreal Studios,a workstation PC with shareware audio software/midi sequencing.There Robert records a digital album entitled ''Onion'' in 2000 and between 2003 and 2005 he worked on its follow-up.This would be ''The sound of thoughts'',where Robert collaborates with some musicians on bass and drums but also handles all keyboards,guitars,vocals and programming.

A work clocking at over 70 minutes,''The sound of thoughts'' seems to cover the whole spectrum of Progressive/Art Rock music,sounding like a compilation of tracks than a tight release.Robert throws any possible style in the mixer,ranging from Prog Metal,Symphonic Rock and Psychedelic Prog to complex Fusion,Alternative Rock and even Lounge Jazz.And while the separate tracks are more than just OK,the whole effort is far from consistent.Svilpa's work on guitars and keyboards is varied and decent to say the least: heavy riffing, complex breaks, spacey synths, keyboard acrobatics along with diverse influences from PINK FLOYD and KING CRIMSON to DREAM THEATER and PORCUPINE TREE.And his vocals are in a good level,though far from anything trully special.Compositions are also in a decent level with nice solos,good instrumental parts and a very rich sound.But the problem is always there: the album is almost impossible to follow all the way through with every track differing from the previous so much,you think you listen to a different artist all the time.

Hard to rate this one.All tracks are quite nice,but the whole package as a flow is not.Robert should work on a couple of tightly-connected and -related styles to come through the demanding prog world,for his work on ''The sound of thoughts'' is one of the most unbalanced albums I've ever heard.Still the good material in here makes it worthwhile for die-hard prog fans...2.5 stars.

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 A Fine Line Between... by SVILPA, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.05 | 3 ratings

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A Fine Line Between...
Robert Svilpa Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Robert Svilpa is a US based musician and composer who first made himself known to the world at large with the release of his first solo effort "The Sound of Thoughts" back in 2005. Four years later he returns with his sophomore effort, the concept album "A Fine Line Between...". This time around with several guest musicians involved, with Nick D'Virgilio arguably the most well known of these. He's also enlisted the aid of Russian graphics artist Ed Unitsky, who has done a wonderful job (as he always does) in creating cover and booklet art for this endeavour.

Svilpa states a number of influences on his webpages, ranging from acts like Opeth and Tool to artists like Mike Oldfield and Marillion. And this latest effort of his is pretty diversiefied in stylistic expressions as well, although the overall feel and mood ultimately places it in the more accessible part of the art rock universe.

On the first half of the album in particular the guitarwork often takes on qualities similar to Rush, backed by keyboards from the Neo-prog school and more vintage sounding organ themes. At times leaning towards progressive metal in expression, while other passages comes closer to art pop territories in sound.

As the album evolves the compositions tends to become more mellow in nature though, gentler escapades where clear cut melodies courtesy of clean or acoustic guitars backed by relatively lush keyboards, synths and the aforementioned organ is the name of the game. Some darker sequences appears from time to time, a few but distinct eerie moods are created, but by and large the second half of this venture is a pretty gentle affair.

Svilpa is a talented composer, able to cover several different styles of music. But the subtle details that will allow his productions to make a really grand impression are still lacking at this point in time. While most of the tracks, in particular in the second half of this affair, will appeal to those fond of the gentler, melodic aspect of the art rock universe, I don't see this album appealing to many beyond that circle. A vocal delivery that tends to be on the weak side and compositions slightly too predictable and not quite managing to create the strong moods needed to overcome that slight weakness is the main reason for me not quite warming to this affair. Many good tracks by all means, but not many good enough to really stand out as strong tracks of the ilk that makes me want to push the repeat button immideatly.

All in all a promising second effort, and a concept album to be sought out by those looking for melodic art rock who don't mind a few excursions into somewhat harder territories.

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