Wednesday, August 15, 2018

LESOIR: Latitiude

Rating: RR
Label: GentleArtofMusic 2018
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Lesoir and their fourth attempt at world domination At heart, "IV Latitude" is a quirky album with an experimental progressive, dark and mysterious feel to it. This time more focused on Progressive melodies than blunt rage. However, it's difficult to pin point and I certainly wouldn't file this under simple and direct "Prog-Rock". The songs are almost like cyborgs, hybrids, misfits, or if you prefer freaks of nature? Ambient moments and doomy arrangements where female vocals work as the only light at the end of a v-e-r-y long tunnel.

According to the band, More than ever there is a clear, both experimental as well as ambitious balance between lyrics, melody, groove, and explosive dynamics. For instance, during the mixing process for Latitude there was the imperative intention of giving the music space to breathe. In reality, the contrasts are almost too much to bare and the lack of proper identity may just work against them. It's almost like they've decided to be quirky and strange instead of great, and thus why their agenda appear to have been added simply for the sake of strangeness. Let's face it. The Dutch act has been pissing against the wind for years and this release is unlikely to see the wind turned. Conclusion? Expect another year of piss stained pants?

Many pieces of art are limited by measurements, norms and formats - that is not the case with Latitude. Then again. It's not difficult to be strange or odd. The real challenge is to be strange, odd, and great. But hey, like the Meat Loaf once sang, two out of three ain't bad.

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