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PLINI

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Australia


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Plini Roessler-Holgate - Born in 1992 (Sydney, Australia)

PLINI is a name under which a 21 year old guitarist and composer from Sydney releases music over multiple on-line outlets and physical releases. His releases are recommended to fans of guitar led instrumental rock with fusion influences bordering on metal.

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3.95 | 78 ratings
Handmade Cities
2016
3.83 | 30 ratings
Impulse Voices
2020

PLINI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Finnvox Sessions
2023

PLINI Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

PLINI Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 6 ratings
Singles (2012-2014) - EP
2017

PLINI Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.70 | 14 ratings
Moonflower
2012
3.55 | 28 ratings
Other Things
2013
3.38 | 34 ratings
Sweet Nothings
2013
3.48 | 14 ratings
I (with Sithu Aye)
2013
2.62 | 10 ratings
Cloudburst
2013
2.68 | 12 ratings
1745 7381 3265 2578
2013
2.91 | 14 ratings
Atlas
2014
2.64 | 9 ratings
Ko Ki
2014
4.10 | 32 ratings
The End of Everything
2015
3.67 | 6 ratings
Every Piece Matters
2016
4.00 | 5 ratings
Salt + Charcoal
2018
3.97 | 20 ratings
Sunhead
2018
3.50 | 4 ratings
birds / surfers
2020

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 Other Things by PLINI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.55 | 28 ratings

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Other Things
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars 28th January, 2023: Plini - Other Things (progressive rock/jazz fusion, 2013)

I can definitely see why some consider this Plini's finest moment, but I think for me it's just a little too short to hold that title. I always have felt he's been at his most convincing when he drops the metal, and this is by far his softest release, with the first two tracks being jazzy, fluid, passionate and lush, with the piano backing on the title track in particular being great. But then he does break out the metal, and it really works - "Selenium Forest" is perhaps one of the best examples of Plini gone heavy, and even the subtle djent bits work well. I still prefer some of his later work as there's a bit more of an identity - he hasn't quite crafted his very signature lick style on this release - but this is a very pretty little release, and I'd like to see him again return to making more jazz-focused music.

6.7 (4th listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook blog: www.facebook.com/TheExoskeletalJunction

 Impulse Voices by PLINI album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.83 | 30 ratings

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Impulse Voices
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gallifrey

3 stars Listening diary 21st March, 2021: Plini - Impulse Voices (progressive rock/metal, 2020)

I started off really hating Plini, like as in I actually despised his early EPs. But after a few years I began to open up to his style, and though I won't call him a genius like some do, he's one of the very few guitarists operating today that has managed to carve a niche just as a guitar player. There's an incredibly distinctive way that he plays the instrument that is so undeniably him, and I really can't think of anyone in the last 10 years who has done that without also relying on gimmicks. So I suppose this is just another record of Plini doing just that, and it's fairly good for muzak or light reading. I don't think it's as good as Handmade Cities, nor is it anything to write home about, but there's a time and a place for muzak and I think Plini does it well.

5.4 (1st listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog - www.facebook.com/TheExoskeletalJunction

 Impulse Voices by PLINI album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.83 | 30 ratings

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Impulse Voices
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Grumpyprogfan

4 stars I know Plini has been releasing music for some time, and I've heard the occasional song by him, but I'm just now getting around to hear a full album's worth of material. "Impulse Voices" is a good listen if you love modern music. Plini combines a bit of everything into the mix; down-tuned guitars, crunch, djent, metal, dance, funk, odd time signatures, and most of all great guitar playing. There are tons of guitarists that can shred, but most shredder albums are boring to me, as they only focus on how many notes they can play in a measure. Not how many great songs they can write. Well, Plini is all about the music and it shows. "Impulse Voices" is great album that only gets better after each listen and sparks my interest to hear more.
 Handmade Cities by PLINI album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.95 | 78 ratings

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Handmade Cities
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars I was introduced to PLINI by a friend a while back and I listened to this album. I thought it was just going to be Djent but what I got was great instrumental jazz rock with just a little bit of djent at certain parts. The number one thing you notice about the album is Plini's very excellent guitar playing. The album only has guitar, bass, and drums with some keyboards in the background, which makes it sound very jazz-fusion like since it only has 4 instruments max.

If you like instrumental jazz rock with some prog rock and metal thrown in, chances are you will enjoy this album.

 Handmade Cities by PLINI album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.95 | 78 ratings

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Handmade Cities
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by ThirstyFajita

4 stars The first full outing from Australian guitar virtuoso Plini. Its a pretty run of the mill instrumental-only tech/extreme jazz record, with some songs like Every Piece Matters being on the jazzier side and Cascade being on the heavier djentier side. It can feel somewhat bland and overdone at some points, but the guitar work here is honestly so clean and flawless throughout that its hard not to not give it 4 stars. Definitely a heavier Jazz-fusion record, so if you're into some of the bands like Cynic but maybe can't digest the vocals or the more death metal aspects of that band than this can be a great bridge album, as it is fairly listener friendly and as I mentioned, contains phenomenal guitar work. 3.51 stars
 Sunhead by PLINI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
3.97 | 20 ratings

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Sunhead
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sunburst

4 stars "Sunhead" is Plini's latest release, as of this review, and a foray into the jazzy side of Fusion. As a result, it is quite different from his previous efforts and, in particular, less centered on the guitar, but excellent nonetheless. All told, "Sunhead" demonstrates Plini is as versatile a composer as he is a guitarist.

"Kind" foreshadows what the listener is about to witness: unexpected alternations between laidback sections and intense bursts of sound and an emphasis in an impeccable and unpredictable rhytm section, and the creative melodies and playing Plini usually offers. All of that in four minutes!

"Salt + Charcoal" is my favourite and absolutely unrelenting. The intro is quick paced, but subdued; about thirty seconds in, Simon Grove bursts into it with a tone as sharp as a knife. Both he and Chris Allison then pull off meticulously tight offbeats to great effect; meanwhile, Plini returns to the fold and leads to the next section with a blazing fast scale. After a brief climax, without missing a beat, the song becomes quieter and Plini presents the listener with a brief (and of course great) solo. After that, Simon Grove once again takes charge, lush keyboards join him to wrap the song in an orgasmic conclusion. (For some reason the last thirty seconds are filled with what appears to be a rehearsal recording.)

The second and jazzier half of the EP begins with "Flâneur". It kicks off with a slow groove and acoustic piano, which might surprise those familiar with Plini's previous releases. Soon enough, however, Plini enters and another quick, unexpected swell takes place. In another surprising twist, the song slows down and a synth solo - with a vague resemblance to Weather Report - follows and segues into a sax solo. Both work very well, even though they might, once again, sound a bit jarring to a Plini fan listening to "Sunhead" for the first time. At any rate, Plini returns with great fanfare to deliver an intense solo. It surprises the listener for a last time with another sudden dynamic change, this time into a laidback sax and piano section followed by a whimsical end.

At last, the title track starts off like a Wes Montgomery tune, with a solitary guitar playing the theme - a sequence of tasty, jazzy chords; drums and other instruments soon follow; then everything bursts into a wall of sound, and the theme is stated more aggressively. Sudenly, it becomes gentle again; Simon Grove, who was providing the bold, synchopated rhytm in the previous tracks, plays a surprisingly lyrical bass solo; Tim Miller's solo, in turn, is reminiscent of the late Allan Holdsworth. At last, the song builds once again into a wailing coda.

I do not believe my description did enough justice to this EP - indeed, words fail me. What I can do is strongly recommend "Sunhead" to Fusion fans and whoever enjoys well crafted songwriting combined with great musicianship.

 Other Things by PLINI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.55 | 28 ratings

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Other Things
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars While I haven't listened to Plini's full length album Handmade Cities at this point in time, I'm looking on getting around to it, since I find his EPs to be of extremely high quality, blending a modern Animals As Leaders inspired sound, with some djent elements, and then throwing in some jazz. While not revolutionary by any means, Other Things is an absolutely lovely album, and likely my favourite out of his EPs that I've checked out so far, being the most memorable of them and having my personal favourite song by him as well.

Heart is a nice, restrained song that sounds very similar to Toe, with a strong indie rock sound and a lot of notes being played, yet it all sounding extremely relaxing nonetheless, just an all around pleasant song. The title track has a much jazzier sound to it, and the style reminds me vaguely of Guthrie Goven, once again being able to put a lot of feeling into the instrumentals, despite the relatively fast speed of some of the solos. The piano and especially the saxophone both add another layer of beauty to the song, making it even better than the last. Selenium Forest is undoubtedly the highest point on the album, filled with melodic complexity, with riffs that will remain in your head for days, everything still managing to be incredibly beautiful and pleasant, yet still displaying some amount of technicality. I appreciate how despite the fact that this track is clearly complex in its composition, Plini doesn't spend the entire song demonstrating his ability to shred, instead writing the song in a fashion where it constantly progresses, being able to perfectly rise and fall, continuously returning to its main motif, all around being an excellently composed song.

While some of Plini's other EPs can be put down as simply pleasant, this one to me stands above the rest, having an excellent variety to it, each song being the perfect length, all coming together to make an amazing 12 minutes of music.

Best tracks: All are great, but Selenium Forest is definitely the highlight

Weakest tracks: None of them

Verdict: I'd definitely recommend that anyone interested in progressive metal to any degree should listen to this album, as I find it to be very high quality, and the 12 minute runtime makes it extremely easy to just throw on and conventiently listen through.

 The End of Everything by PLINI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.10 | 32 ratings

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The End of Everything
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars The music of Plini in my opinion deserves much, much higher review points than are evidenced here at progarchives... This young man is truly a gifted, well-practiced guitarist and a really strong composer. Every release is such a treasure to my ears! My only "complaint" mirrors that of fellow progarchiver memowakeman, which is that I wish Plini would release a full-length album.

"The End Of Everything" is well played, well composed, & well produced, and fer cripessakes, it's obvious this kid has got something going for him as the always exceptional Marco Minnemann is playing drums and the equally exceptional talents of guitarist Jakub Zytecki are once again in evidence. This cadre of musicians that occasionally find themselves working together including Plini, Jakub Zytecki, Widek, David Maxim Micic, Sithu Aye, Gru (Piotrek Gruszka), etc. are really well worth investing your time into discovering and exploring. Hopefully, you'll come away as amazed and thrilled by this new crop of gifted artists as I have been.

This is 5 stars for me.

As always, your actual mileage may vary...

Grace and peace to you all, Cylli Kat

(Re-load of my original review, originally posted on October14, 2015)

 Handmade Cities by PLINI album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.95 | 78 ratings

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Handmade Cities
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars

PLINI Handmade Cities

Wonderful atmospheric and sometimes-djenty instrumental jazz-prog fusion from Down Under--composed and performed by Aussie legend and multi-instrumentalist, Plini, with some tremendous help on drums and bass from virtuosi Troy Wright and Simon Grove, respectively. Listening to this work repeatedly never seems to shake my tendency to compare this music to that of Canadian father-son fusion artists, Dean and Taylor Watson: the album starts and ends with more metal-influenced music like Taylor, and is filled with fine jazz-rock fusion in the middle.

1. "Electric Sunrise" (5:05) opens with layers of acoustic guitars strumming slowly on layers, which are then joined at the 1:10 mark by several electric guitars and bass. What an opening! At 1:44 the music shifts drastically into singular djenty guitar and space. That's it! But then the full number of tracks previously layered together join in for a melodic 'chorus' hook, but then it's back to sparse djenty guitar with a little electric jazz-fusion lead accompaniment (and then takeover). The song gets toward the end it gets a little heavy-handed walls of sound-ish but then it ends with the same opening soundscape. (9/10)

2. "Handmade Cities" (4:45) sounds like an extension/variation on the themes, sounds and styles of the opening song. In the second minute things shift more into 'it's own' territory with some awesome lead guitar soloing. Then, at 2:15, things quiet down temporarily with some slow guitar chord strums, but then the rest of the tracks slowly build up from heavy potential to loud kinetic energy to full-blown djent by 3:15. Lead guitar melody hook keeps it all together in this slightly confusing, cacophonous section. Still, a great song. (9/10)

3. "Inhale" (4:57) a very atmospheric song that immediately won me over and remains my favorite song on the album. Kind of reminds me of ANTOINE FAFARD's great recent stuff. (9/10)

4. "Every Piece Matters" (3:40) more laid back musical foundation with some astounding guitar and keyboard (MIDI- ed?) leads and including some chorale vocalise toward the end. Another top three song. (9/10)

5. "Pastures" (7:34) solid jazz-fusion composition in the style and sound of some of Dean Watson's beautiful music. (9/10)

6. "Here We Are, Again" (2:37) opens as a cute little effected guitar and keyboard duet before keyboard-generated orchestra and choir brings it into a Post Rock-like crescendo. (9/10)

7. Cascade (6:00) is certainly a song that showcases Plini's guitar prowess, but it also satisfies in the way that it fits modern prog soundscapes and constructs. Great piece! (9/10)

Total Time 34:38

A near-masterpiece of progressive rock music, (that I've rated down slightly for it's EP-like brevity). Definitely an album I recommend all prog rockers to check out for the wonderful production and multi-track layering accomplished here.

 The End of Everything by PLINI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.10 | 32 ratings

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The End of Everything
Plini Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cylli Kat

5 stars The music of Plini in my opinion deserves much, much higher review points than are evidenced here at progarchives... This young man is truly a gifted, well-practiced guitarist and a really strong composer. Every release is such a treasure to my ears! My only "complaint" mirrors that of fellow progarchiver memowakeman, which is that I wish Plini would release a full-length album. "The End Of Everything" is well played, well composed, & well produced, and fer cripessakes, it's obvious this kid has got something going for him as the always exceptional Marco Minnemann is playing drums and the equally exceptional talents of guitarist Jakub Zytecki are once again in evidence. This cadre of musicians that occasionally find themselves working together including Plini, Jakub Zytecki, Widek, David Maxim Micic, Sithu Aye, Gru (Piotrek Gruszka), etc. are really well worth investing your time into discovering and exploring. Hopefully, you'll come away as amazed and thrilled by this new crop of gifted artists as I have been. This is 5 stars for me.

As always, your actual mileage may vary... Grace and peace to you all, Cylli Kat

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