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Taking their name from Hari Seldon, a character that appeared in American author Isaac Asimov's `Foundation' series, Italian band SELDON initially came together in 2008 in Florence. Marco Baroncini (vocals and keyboards) was joined by guitarist Francesco Bottai, drummer Cristiano Bottai and bass player Carlo Bonamico, and together they commenced recording. New drummer Marco Barsanti would eventually enter the group in the years that followed.

2013 saw the release of Seldon's first album `Tutto A Memoria' (All in Memory), a mature debut that delivers strong song-writing and a hard guitar sound applied to Seventies inspired RPI flavours with a gruff charismatic vocal and plenty of vintage keyboard variety. It's similar to other modern RPI acts such as CIVICO 23 and LE PORTE NON APERTE that present a tougher modern sound with only subtle influences of the Seventies Italian masters.

In their own words, the band hopes their album "sows the seeds of a possible new season in which words and music can again find within rock music the perfect language to describe the concerns and fragile hopes of this new millennium."

Biography by Michael H (Aussie-Byrd-Brother)

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 Per Quale Sentiero by SELDON album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 7 ratings

Per Quale Sentiero
Seldon Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This is their second album within round about 10 years of existence. Hence it looks like that SELDON have not been a very active band since the formation in 2008. Anyhow, what they are delivering music-wise is top notch, and that really matters in the end. 'Per Quale Sentiero' si deve decidere? Which path will you choose? This is pointing to the essential question concerning our future. Again the album's concept is inspired by the imaginative world of sci-fi author Isaac Asimov. In fact the band name as such already derives from his Foundation series, which is dealing with 'psychohistory', a new science that will allow to predict the future. I've listened to a lot of RPI related albums this year, which often enough ended with a so so impression, or even disappointment, just if bands are trying to follow a very trendy fad in these days, but inspiration is running out more or less on the other hand.

Of course, I know, this is a matter of taste in the end. Whatever, on this occasion concept, compositions and execution totally convince me. Keyboarder Marco Baroncini provides a rather typical singing, I mean his voice and mode of expression as such, and of course that the lyrics are in Italian language, nearly essential when it comes to this genre. He is very present, refined instrumental parts are also given anyway. Jazzy drums, virtuoso bass playing, varied keyboard and guitar presence. Fantastico! Charming here and heavy there, melodic anyhow. Yeah, the whole affair is eminently entertaining, leaves nothing to be desired. To name exceptional songs let me mention La Vita Delle Ombre, and of course the core track Corpo E Anima dealing with the special relationship of body and soul. That gem definitely invites to singalong. And how wonderfully groooooving is this in between! Please give 'Per Quale Sentiero' a try.

 Tutto A Memoria by SELDON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 10 ratings

Tutto A Memoria
Seldon Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Formed in Florence, 2008, Italian band Seldon take their name from Hari Seldon, a character that appeared in American author Isaac Asimov's `Foundation' series. The band released their debut album `Tutto A Memoria' (All in Memory) in 2013, and it presents a frequently tough rock sound thanks to modern harder guitar, with traditional RPI qualities to be found in the charismatic ravishing vocals and plenty of colourful vintage keyboard flavours. It's a confident first impression, where melodic song-writing is given equal importance to instrumental flair.

Opener `Alla Mia Età ' is a catchy tune wrapped in a gutsy rock backing with keyboard player and singer Marco Baroncini's lively vocal rolling over a sprinkling of electric piano, grim mellotron washes and Francesco Bottai's driving electric guitars. Heavy guitar blasts with subtle dirty grooves and sneaky Hammond bursts ripple through `Schiavi', `Senza Una Ragione' is a more mellow and romantic break where the glistening electric piano hints of the Canterbury Sound bands, bluesy slinking guitars with a sprightly vocal skip through `Nottambuli' and mud-thick organ and grinding heavy guitar pounds down on `Secoli'.

`Vedo Lo Spazio' is a melancholic and reflective piano ballad that makes for a nice break from the bluster and noise of the previous piece, the title track `Tutto A Memoria' is playfully creeping with Marco's sinister lip-smacking vocal malevolence, and `Dare/Avere' is a fun and upbeat Hammond organ sprinkled foot-tapping lightly funky groover. Darker mystery returns with growing tension on `E Guerra Sia', where eerie electric piano, Carlo Bonamico's slithering bass, Cristiano Bottai's busy incessant drumming and a purring crooned vocal behind gothic symphonic synths and strangled heavy guitar make it the most ambitious piece of the album that really shows what the band can do. Sophisticated closer `Come Aver Pietà' opens with uplifting piano before the whole band rises to the occasion and delivers a stirring instrumental ending.

Although not overloaded with traditional RPI qualities, Seldon are comparable to other modern Italian bands that take small aspects of that style and apply it to a tougher modern sound like Civico 23 and Le Porte non Aperte. But there's no shortage of talent on display from this skilled group of musicians, and hopefully this is just the beginning of recorded output from them. There's so much potential emerging on this album that the group will hopefully only keep building on, and `Tutto A Memoria' is recommended for listeners who respond to and appreciate well-crafted song-based progressive rock.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four as encouragement for great things to come from a promising Italian band!

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition.

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