Nostalgia deluxe. By the artists own words: “Plutarch is drawing from a variety of sources of inspiration; musically, from New Wave to Post-Hardcore”.
Post-Hardcore is for me linked to more agressive types of sound perhaps. But oh is Plutarch right about the “New Wave” aspect of his music.
Are you a fan of The Smiths, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode or Joy Division then i duly do think you might have something here you would appreciate.
I don’t know that much about the genre New Wave itself so it really is hard to compare it to the “classical definition”. But since so many similar acts are having a renaissance with this sound it do work. This genre, new definition of the genre or whatever offspring of the genre. The synth-filled rock sound of the late 80’s, early 90’s do really have a place in todays otherwise saturated music industry.
Plutarch and the “To Speak A Name” might not have made me that keen in looking up the other giants of the genre but i did enjoy every minute of the 4 song EP had to offer. In the 15-ish minute time span it gave me memories of a time i was to young to otherwise remember.
This felt like a complete D.Y.I project, the mix and mastering aint perfect. But in other cases i usualy spout out different reasons why, and different ways how. But in actually the slight “muddiness” of the mix is really to the EP’s advantage. It’s like finding an hidden cassette in the closet which had those tunes who you totaly adored whilst in your early teens (or whatever). And the lack of clarity in the sound is due to the hundreds of hundreds of times when you immediatly rewound the tape upon completion just to hear it again.