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Making Circles

by The Seldon Plan

The Seldon Plan is post-rock pop, combining influences of midwest indie rock and northwest indie-pop to produce a dynamic blend all their own.
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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1. A Rhyming Dictionary
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2. Making Circles
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3. Westchester
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4. Top Left Corner
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5. [Aperitif]
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6. Holding Patterns Are Slow
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7. Love Again
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8. Eyes Closed
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9. Your Unmuddied Pasts
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10. New Instant
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11. Checkered Flag
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12. Samuel P. Huntington
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13. Chicago 2003
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Recent reviews for "Making Circles":

(1) "The Seldon Plan is a great new band from Baltimore. These four guys play guitar pop that is reminiscent of some of the greatest bands of the 1980s and 1990s. Two things missing from the majority of average pop bands are excellent melodies and great vocals. The guys in The Seldon Plan have both. Making Circles resounds with catchy tunes with top notch vocals. These guys make music that sounds familiar while managing to retain unique character and creativity. The guitars sound inspired and totally lovely. When combined with those heavenly vocals...the overall effect is cerebral and heavenly. We rarely hear independent releases that even come close to the quality of this disc. Destined to be a favorite among fans of underground pop, the guys in The Seldon Plan are doing everything right. Killer cuts include "A Rhyming Dictionary," "Making Circles," "Westchester," "Love Again," "New Instant," and "Chicago 2003." Recommended."

(2) "Chicken soup for the indie rocker's soul. Soothing indie rock - though not lo-fi. These guys keep steadily mid-tempo beats, but the the unaltering guitars and soft indie-pop vocals can still bring you to that indie-zen place. Good stuff..."
--READ Magazine

(3) "Promising...the Baltimore quartet seems intent on crafting a mature indie pop sound akin to Tsunami."
--All Music Guide

Some background on The Seldon Plan:

The Seldon Plan is a post-rock-pop band out of Baltimore, Maryland, that combines influences of midwest indie-rock and northwest indie-pop to produce a dynamic blend all their own. Their music can be a little catchy, a little edgy, but always connects with the listener. Their live shows have garnered rave reviews and their foundation 7 song disc, The Living Room EP, released on the beechfields in the Fall of 2003, has sparked interest in the potential of this talented band. The Seldon Plan is hardworking, professional, and committed to their artistic vision, but is also dedicated to the support of art in all forms around the Baltimore/DC area.

In July 2003, The Seldon Plan recorded The Living Room EP with Frank Marchand (Bob Mould, Jimi's Chicken Shack, Good Charlotte) at Waterford Digital in Pasadena, Maryland. The CD contains 7 tracks loosely stitched together to give the listener an introduction to The Seldon Plan sound; and is considered, more or less, to be a well produced demo. The CD was distributed mainly in Baltimore and Washington DC circles, but surprisingly their music began to appear more nationally in reviews and on commercial and internet radio stations such as KSCR and SOMAFM (

As of March, 2005 The Seldon Plan has just completed their first full-length recording entitled Making Circles again recorded by Frank Marchand and mastered by Charlie Pilzer (Ida, All Mighty Senators, The Kennedys). In just a short time, the record has already made it onto NPR's All Songs Considered: Open Mic. Making Circles has recieved a lot of local radio support, with enthusiastic response on a large range of radio demographics and markets.


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Tom Staddon, Editor, Rex Efex Magazine

An amazing counter to the retro-synth that is infecting indie rock.
Right now, the state of indie-rock is wierd. On one side, you have the plethora of Death Cab rip offs and on the other you have the "new is old" mantra of the new-wave revival Franz Ferdinand rip offs. The primary concept here is "rip off."

The Seldon Plan's "Making Circles" is nowhere near this mess. They are carving out a sound on this record that is firmly rooted in Promise Ringesque angluar hooks, but have the solid rock qualities of a Teenage Fanclub or Frank Black's post-Pixies work. The record as whole is strong and subtle, with each song building on one another as if telling a story. Songs like "Westchester" backed by others like "Holding Patterns are Slow" suggest that this band may be the poster child for a new genre of indie rock: AOIR (album-oriented-indie-rock).

One listen to this record and you will see that not only do these guys obviously listen to good music, they make it too.


I really love this CD!
AHHH, yes! This CD is brilliant! I really love this band, each song on here really seems to flow nicely together. I don't hear each song separately, I hear the whole cd as an idea. Don't get me wrong, 'tis not a concept album. Just very nice. I always like to listen to it when I'm feeling rather melancholic. It's not emo, but it fits that mood.

Jake Ramsay

Amazing, delicate, and intricate intelligent indie rock! A must have for those i
Making Circles is a simple delight. The songs on this disk are a fine example of mid-tempo inteliigent indie pop for those with discriminating taste. Songs like the title track "Making Circles" and the downtempo "Samuel P. Huntingdon" recall early REM and and early Cure, while the overall sound of this disc is closer to the latest efforts by Spoon mixed with the energy and tone of the record "Proximity Effect" by Nada Surf. This record recals a time in music when it was OK to make your lyrics somewhat intellectual and your pop catchy and complex. This is a great CD by a great band.

A. S.

a well-crafted record from start to finish
These guys don't get the respect they deserve here in Baltimore; They're truly one of the only bands in town who aren't just kicking around playing shows, but instead are making great RECORDS. This is a well-crafted record from start to finish, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The songs are simple but the subtle hooks stick with you. And what sticks with me most when the record's over is the journey I've been led on -- the squall of guitar noise and cascading drums at the end of album-closer "Chicago 2003" feels not just cathartic after the more restrained pop that precedes it, but earned.