Robert Svilpa | The Sound of Thoughts

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The Sound of Thoughts

by Robert Svilpa

From ProgNaut Review: "There are so many influences that I hear but if I had to name a few, they’d range from House of Not, Porcupine Tree, IQ and Arena to classics Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis and Kansas. The Sound of Thoughts is a fantastic debut.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heartbeat Failing
2:53 $0.99
2. The Weaver's Loom pt 1
2:18 $0.99
3. Pentelho Vermelho
6:04 $0.99
4. Legend In His Own Mind
5:35 $0.99
5. Lady in a Cage
19:06 $0.99
6. Never Leave Behind
5:04 $0.99
7. Tahoma
7:13 $0.99
8. The Weaver's Loom pt 2
2:19 $0.99
9. This Mortal Coil
7:18 $0.99
10. Peace, My Brother
5:23 $0.99
11. The Sound of Thoughts
4:23 $0.99
12. Father to Son
4:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Coming this Fall - "A Fine Line Between..." - the follow up CD from Robert Svilpa. More Progressive, More Psychedelic and more evolution from this excellent composer/musician! Pre-orders coming soon at

"The Sound of Thoughts" is what you hear when you are someplace alone and everything around you is quiet - that sound that is a high pitch whine that seems to be coming from somewhere between your ears and exists all around you. It's the sound of your nervous system keeping tabs on all your senses; the sound of sanity being lost or gained; the sound of clarity of purpose or the sound of lost focus and chaos.

It's the realization of your own mortality - that realization that hits you every time you have to face others' leaving or finding out about your own last days.

Turbulent and unsettling - sometimes musically but other time lyrically, "The Sound of Thoughts" covers much ground representing the last thoughts of a man as he unwinds through all the parallel realities that were the possible paths he could have chosen in life.

Reviews so far for the CD have been glowing - promising much for the present in terms of listening pleasures and also provides a look into the future of more such material geared to fans of progressive rock music.

Robert Svilpa is a guitarist/keyboardist and vocalist who is heavily influenced by such a wide range of artists that it would be impossible to pinpoint one specific artist that has the largest influence. You will definitely hear Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Rush, Genesis, Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard and Dream Theater influences - they are so hard to miss. But there are a ton of other influences that direct the writing - Matthew Sweet, James Taylor, CSNY, REM, Blue Rodeo, Tool, Elliot Smith, King's X, Opeth, Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Marillion, Fish... the list just goes on and on. To pigeonhole Rob into any one genre wouldn't be fair to the music - it's got very technical sections that all progressive rock fans love but it's also extremely moody and lives/breathes tension. His lyrics paint stark and bleak but yet technicolor pictures as the music sets a dynamic soundtrack - sometimes gothic but also playful at times; it's music that can be challenging to listen to but in the end is worth the effort.



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Ben Tritsch

not perfect, but very good
I can't say i love every song on this album, but the ones i like, i .really. like. "Pentelho Vermelho" and "Legend in His Own Mind" are two stand-out tracks, both very different styles from each other. A couple tracks get tedious but Svilpa's overall musicianship never faulters. Recommended


Technical at times yet still very melodic
Definitely a progressive rock album, with complex rhythms, time signature and key changes, however the melody is still the driving force in all of the songs, making it very listenable. The vocals have a very David Gilmore/Bob Geldof style. Overall a great CD that has just enough diversity to avoid homogination and keep it interesting.

Luciana Carvalho

Best CD of 2005
I love this CD - it has everything from really melodic to the heavy and bizarre. Pentelho Vermelho is my favorite track - it rocks!! If there's one CD to get this year, this one is the one...

Dave Sargent

Excellent CD - if you like classic prog, you'll like this. Look forward to future offerings.


A tour de force debut
This is a major debut,from an outstanding artist.Very melodic & powerfull.Only essue i have,is the many ''stiles'',but that only me...cant wait for the next cd...hopefully it will all be ''prog'',in general..he's got all the tools to do it..great cd..great artist..highly recommended to lovers of prog/rock..

Stuart Allie

Fascinating, eclectic, beautiful music
This album as it contains elements of jazz, rock, prog, space-rock. Moments remind me of Pink Floyd, other times are neo-prog to my ears. The music is beautifully composed and played. A rewarding and interesting listening experience. It's great to hear music recorded with the dynamics of the instruments (especially the guitars) left intact - it makes for a much more "live" and "real" recording. A fantastic album on all levels.

Alex Petrovitch

interesting blend of elements that all come together to make up this fine piece of music. This is truly a work of all minds involved. I love how progressive it is, and just what this music hs to offer. There is so many colors and so many levels to its madness. Even rock and roll with those guitar solos. You can tell King Crimson was in the studio in spirit alongside their friends YES, and possibly Dave Brubeck Quartet. Well done. This is a masterpiece.

I would like to have some material by this band. Just unbelievable.

Dag Fjellby

A very, very good debut album!
Robert Svilpa’s debut album ”The Sound of Thoughts” is surprisingly good. From the first to the last track, this sounds extremely well. This is technical brilliant, but it’s also still very melodic.
In some parts of the album Svilpa sounds very much like Porcupine Tree, IQ, Rush, Genesis, and even Pink Floyd. Even if it sounds like the mentioned bands, I really think Svilpa has made an album with his own music and his very own sound. I like the album a lot, and I’m looking forward to a follow up.
Over all this is well-produced progressive rock. If that’s the music you prefer, you shouldn’t miss out this CD! Strong compositions, very well performed and good sound, makes this album a winner. Congratulations Robert Svilpa – You’ve made a “winner album”! 5 Stars – Recommended.


I love the textures on this recording, especially on track two - The Weaver's Room, sounds like a missing Pink Floyd track. A very intriguing combonation of electric time signatures and excellent musical performances. Everything from lucious harmonies to progressive dissonance to over the top psychelics. Overall, an outstanding effort IMO.

Mike Florio

Great songwriting and well-produced
I really like the sound of this disc. Lots of energy, and there's a great 'live' feel. The playing is top-notch. The overall vibe is a bit on the dark side, but there's a lot of soul in this music, and the instumental textures are rich and expressive. The album is a bit long for my taste, but that just means there's more to enjoy.