Exposé Online banner

Sebastian Hardie — Blueprint
((Not on label) no#, 2011, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Blueprint Cover art

Who woulda thunk, that 35 years after Four Moments and Windchase, Sebastian Hardie's two classic albums from the 70s, the four original members could get back together and produce a new studio album that tops both of those? This isn't just four old geezers trying to capitalize on past glories; instead this band has spent a fair amount of time writing and arranging their new material, and have hit a home run right out of the ballpark. Sebastian Hardie's brilliance was always manifested in the way they craft unforgettable melodies, sometimes refined from fairly simple foundations, manipulated and infused with power and resplendence. The overall sound is as it was before: Toivo Pilt's alternately gritty and spacy keyboard sounds recalling Richard Wright as much as they do Jon Lord; Mario Millo's unmistakably fluid guitars, and the rhythm section of Alex and Peter Plavsic, drums and bass respectively, that supports the effort so well. Every one of the six songs here is a classic, from the autobiographical "Art of Life" to the opener "I Wish" featuring guest singer Dave Wilkins, right out to the closing instrumental "Shame," every one of these has that memorable melody and uncompromising grandeur that marked the band's glory days. Oh yeah, the 70s nostalgia isn't there, but this new album is superb all around and provides new life to the strengths and sensibilities of their classic sound.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Sebastian Hardie, Mario Millo

More info
http://www.sebastianhardie.com.au

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Red Jasper - A Midsummer Night's Dream – From the acoustic guitars and tin-whistle that open the first track, I knew this wouldn't be your standard SI neo-prog fare. Vocalist Davey Dodds picks up about a minute in, with a deep and thick...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues