The Seldon Plan

Living Room EP

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Though promising, the Seldon Plan's EP debut is a bit odd. Informed by the more literate but still youthful side of emo (think Deep Elm's stable), the Baltimore quartet at the same time seems intent on crafting a mature indie pop sound akin to relative ancients like Unrest and Tsunami. The opening strains of "Neveragain, Michigan" bear this out. Scraped and distorted minor chords act as an introduction, but just when you'd suspect a screamo drop-in, the song shifts into a hopeful pop progression led by the Roland Orzabal-like lead vocals of Bobby Landle. This lush sound continues through cuts like "Charles Olsen" and the beautifully paced "Down in a Fog," but the Living Room EP continues tingeing instrumentally toward a slightly angular, emo-influenced sound, usually courtesy of the guitar. Nevertheless, Seldon Plan do a solid job on their debut, and should figure out their directional issues by whatever comes next.

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