Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Keane, Razorlight, Nirvana and many other, Plastic Barricades love to experiment with styles, sounds and approach. Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and odd, they ask questions and try to find the answers. Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Daniele Borgato on bass and Frazer Webster on drums.
The year of 2013 saw Plastic Barricades, who formed in 2007, gaining momentum on the London music scene, gigging around town and collaborating with charity organizations such as Oxfam, British Red Cross and London Blood Donation Centre.
Plastic Barricades is an impressive band with remarkable sincerity. “Tree of Ideas” is simplistic music; one singer, one bass guitar, one guitarist who also plays keyboards and a drummer. That’s it. Yet every time I listen, it bewilders me how lavish and solid the music is. Every musician is in harmony and balance. Furthermore they backup the vocals and the songs the best way possible.
Dan’s voice is crystal clear; his range is relevant, his intonation and phrasing are perfect and his heart is exposed. I really can’t find anything wrong with this album. I’ve listened to “Tree of Ideas “ obsessively off and on for a few days now, always fully expecting to get sick of it, but I never do!
Each and every song can solidly stand alone, yet as complete package, it is painstakingly and exhaustively gorgeous. You will like this if you appreciate clever songwriting with an attention to both coherent melody and harmonic originality.
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This is simply an astonishing album. I believe “Radar ON/OFF” and “Airborne” to be the best songs, but the craftsmanship throughout the album is amazing. They don’t show their full hand at the beginning of a song, but rather compose workmanlike verses that build up to really shimmering, climactic high points. Dan’s voice is hauntingly beautiful, especially when he reaches for the higher notes and delivers it with accuracy and passion.
Plastic Barricades is confident in its ability to write touching, meaningful songs with strong melodies and decent lyrics, and this earnestness and charm works wonders on listeners. These guys are great, the album is full of excellent songs, and in fact there aren’t any I don’t like. “Tree of Ideas” has some rocking tunes, some mellow tunes, and some uplifting tunes, which will assure that they are destined to have a strong, solid fanbase.
It is astounding to hear that wonderful and melancholic music like this can still be made with such serene depth to it. It’ll be interesting to see where Plastic Barricades goes after this album, but whether it’s straightforward pop, futuristic electronic rock, or a combination of both. Either way, I’ll definitely be interested in hearing it, as I am excited to have found this gem of a band!
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