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Plini releases new single/video 'Still Life' featuring Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Photo Credit: Declan Blackall Photography

Plini has released a new single and video, 'Still Life,' featuring Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders. It is the second single to be released by the talented Australian guitarist and songwriter from his brand new EP Mirage which is due out on 1st December. 

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Plinicomments: “It's hard to know where to start with this song - it contains some of my favourite abstract drumming byChris Allison,amazing bass playing and some very unsettling mixing bySimon Grove, and is the first song I’ve shared from the EP featuring live string arrangements by my longtime friendAJ Minette. It’s also my first recording using an oud. Then there’s the video, my usual collaboratorsJamie McVickerandDeclan Blackallmanaged to make something that feels, in the best way possible, like more of a weird audio visualiser than a “proper” music video, andEmily Janszcreated the perfect set for it. You should have smelled the room after having a raw fish in it all day!”

Commenting on the collaboration withTosin Abasi,Pliniadds, Tosinwas one of the main inspirations for me getting into writing guitar-centric music in the first place. His band,Animals As Leaders, took me on some of my first tours around the world and we’ve since become good friends, so to have him play on one of my songs is something that teenage me would never even have dreamed of. Such a treat!”

Forthcoming EP Miragefeatures 5 new tracks, a collection featuring live strings, piano, oud and a guitar solo fromAnimals As LeadersTosin Abasi alongside Plini's dexterous performance, there is plenty of sonic reverie still to come as 2023 begins to draw to a close. And with his biggest Australian tour production to date taking place earlier this year, the sky and perhaps even the galaxy is barely the limit for Plini as he ventures into a new creative phase, beckoning you along for the ride.

Pliniadds,"Writing for the EP began shortly after the release ofImpulse Voicesat the end of 2020, while Australia was still in lockdown. The majority of the production was finished by the end of 2021, but once touring resumed, the project had to be put on the shelf for a little while, after deciding that it would be better to give it the attention it deserved than try to finish it in between flights and tours and other commitments. The wait was worth it (at least in my opinion) - couldn't be happier with how it turned out!" 

After two years of waiting patiently, Plini sprang back into action in 2022, with back-to-back sold out headline tours of Australia, India and Scandinavia, festival appearances in Australia, UK, Germany and Portugal, and performing in some of Australia’s finest theatres supporting Northlane

 Always delivering mind-bending musicality from all angles, Plini has previously released two full length albums, 2016's Handmade Cities and 2020's Impulse Voices, as well as multiple EPs, singles and contributing credits with various other artists. Nominated for Live Guitarist of the Year in 2018 at theNational Live Music AwardsPlini has also previously toured alongside Sleep TokenPeriphery and TesseracT.

Pliniis currently on tour in North America, catch him at the following dates: 

Nov 14: GA Athens 40 Watt

Nov 15: NC Raleigh Lincoln Theater

Nov 16: PA Philadelphia Union Transfer

Nov 17: PA Harrisburg XL Live

Nov 18: MA Worcester The Palladium * SupportingPeriphery

Nov 19: NY Brooklyn Warsaw 

Plini composes, plays guitar, records, produces and manages his unique brand of instrumental progressive rock all from a bedroom studio.

His critically-acclaimed debut album Handmade Cities was voted #5 in Guitar World Magazine’s “20 best guitar albums of the decade,” and hailed by Steve Vai as “one of the finest, forward thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard.” Routinely mentioned in “best guitarist” lists, Plini was named #4 in the “Top 10 best prog guitarists in the world today” by Music Radar in early 2020. Plini also made Prog mag (UK)'s top 100 musicians of all time list.

Over the last few years, Plini has toured the world supporting bands like Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Tesseract and Intervals, as well as playing festivals and headlining his own tours all over North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and India. In 2018, Plini was the first instrumental act ever to play the legendary Download Festival in the UK.

Plini was a special guest instructor at “Vai Academy” in 2019, alongside Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Devin Townsend, and despite being entirely self-taught, he has been invited to give masterclasses at some of the most prestigious contemporary music colleges in the world, including Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute (USA), BIMM (UK), and JMC Academy (Australia).

Plini has a signature guitar with Strandberg Guitars

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