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Album Review

It's surely not one of the most adventurous collections of tracks ever released on Warp, but For Beginner Piano is an enjoyable album, especially for those interested in the history of the synthesizer and tape music ('60s pioneers Perrey & Kingsley are probably the best reference point). Though their attraction to vintage electronics places them in league with groups such as Add N (To X) and Stereolab, most of Plone's songs actually sound like they were recorded during the late '60s or early '70s — the basslines are undoubtedly chunkier, and there's a bit more clutter to the productions, but the melodies are simplistic and in the forefront while the tempos rarely make it over 60 bpm. At times, Plone sounds reminiscent of Mouse on Mars or like a Spartan version of Air, but the general drift of the proceedings is much closer to Esquivel than Autechre.


Formed: Birmingham, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s

The English electronic trio Plone formed in 1994 when Mike "Billy" Bainbridge, Mark Cancellara, and Michael Johnston began experimenting with old drum machines, analogue synths, and trippy effects. Naming themselves after an imaginary cartoonlike sound, Plone began supporting likeminded groups such as Pram and Broadcast at gigs in London and their native Birmingham. Following these live dates, the Wurlitzer Jukebox label approached the group to record a single for them, which resulted in Plone's...
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