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Plini / Disperse / David Maxim Micic - Connexion Live, Toulouse (France) - 7 April 2017

The musical locations available in Toulouse are not huge and mainly constituted by four venues; Connexion Live, Metronum, Bikini and Zénith. The first of this group is the perfect place for intimate, personal and authentic gigs; the tiny stage and basic light effects lead to spontaneity and sincerity. That was the perfect place to see Plini and his support acts live last week.

I have to admit that I didn't know anything about the artists before checking the online schedule of the concert venue but the genre of music – "Progressive Instrumental Rock" – attracted me. After couple of listening on Deezer, Spotify and Bandcamp, I noticed that not only did I liked it a lot but also that these artists were mostly self-produced. The latter point, without any big music label and promotion, highly encouraged me to attend such a show in order to support them.

The opening act started early in the evening at around 7:30pm, and I was really excited to see it. David Maxim Micic is a twenty-six year old Croatian playing the same kind of music as Plini. Let's say that it is between Instrumental Rock and Progressive Metal. Whatever the precise name, it was highly melodic, very pure and really relaxing to listen to. Micic has released seven records and my favourites ones are 'ECO 1' and 'ECO 2' (which come complete with very nice artworks!) along with the last one 'Who Bit The Moon'. I highly encourage you to dedicate an hour to listen carefully to his work. The audience was receptive to it despite the set being restricted to thirty minutes and five to six songs. Everybody wanted more. Between each song, Micic asked "Do you know where you are? You are in the jungle baby". That was a very simple and catchy sentence to let people dive into his world. I hope I will have the chance to do it again in the future.

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The second support act was the Polish band Disperse who were promoting their last album 'Foreword'. Musically speaking, that was really good, but in my opinion the vocals sounded a bit too young and not heavy enough to let me enjoy their performance. They played for forty-five minutes but I didn't notice that any of audience was really captivated. I would say that it's a shame to highlight but this might have something to do with this opening act being a Rock band sandwiched in between two instrumental and very melodic artists.

Plini started his set around 9pm. This young Australian has already released nine records and was on tour through Europa to promote the last one 'Handmade Cities', a release that I particularly like (and once again another that has nice artwork!). The songs were really intense, pure and very Progressive, all supported by a backing tape (mostly keyboards). The rhythm started slowly, with either a very heavy peak some of the time or alternative slower parts as well. I will not describe song by song the set-list this time because, for me, this was consistent enough to be listened as a unit without almost any break. During ninety minutes, Plini showed us how talented he is as well as how much fun he had on stage with his musicians. During the last ten minutes, he welcomed David Maxim Micic and Disperse's guitarist on stage and all of them played for us to end this excellent set.

This has definitely been a nice moment to end the week – with a beer and music. No big promotion, no big venue and nothing over-estimated. This has been two intimate hours between musicians and music-lovers. Such a unique and authentic moment that I think every single amateur guitarist or Progressive Rock listener should experience.

Julien Marbaix

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