From time to time I like to use my little space on the internet to point
people in the direction of what I consider to be outstanding new music.
Part Island, the new album from Latitudes, is exactly that...
outstanding. I see this as one of those rare records that define a genre,
but which can reach across genre divisions, in this case broadly in
and around, above and beyond the metal and post-metal realms.
So, what to say about the album? Finding the words to do it justice
is hard... cinematic, atmospheric, beautiful, peaceful, tender, thoughtful,
emotional, intense, dynamic, powerful, commanding, crushing, colossal,
enthralling, mesmerizing, imaginative, deep, accomplished, honest…
all these things and so much more.
Latitudes have always shown themselves to be a great instrumental band
but with Part Island there's more poignancy now that Adam Symonds’
pure, heartfelt vocal plays a role across every track. However, this
isn’t a record to break down into individual parts but to be listened
to as a whole. Give yourself an hour-long uninterrupted time-out from
life, and immerse yourself in the subtle intricacies and overwhelming
power of these 6 songs. Although they only last 45 minutes, by the end
of the 10 minute final track, Past Islands, you may find you'll
want another 15 minutes of quiet to dwell on what you’ve just
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