[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]
Latitudes have reached their 4th album by the help of Debemur Morti Records. As always the decision to publish this record from the french label weighs heavy on our musical choices. “Part Island” will stay in mind as an undemanding and agreeable listening. This Londonese band has already occupied an important place in the underground “light-metal” stage. They compose their music in a visionary cinematic register, blending post-rock, sludge-metal and ambient effects.
“Part Island” takes us on a staggering journey into a vague and uncertain realm. As if the perception of things where definitely blurred by the lack of clarity and rationality in the listener’s mind, this music unfolds through a misty shape, fragile and diffused, almost to crumble into pieces. The tracks do not follow any pattern and seem to accompany the visceral emotions that build them. This style is likely inimitable and acquires taste out of its supposed weakness, in fact an intimate and sincere reaction to the world’s blankness.
Perhaps “Part Island” makes a nice counterpoint to Manes’ “Be All/End All”, like the smoke that remains flickering after the fire it’s gone. In its core the album burns with emotion like the embers of a bonfire while from the outside you stand mesmerized at thinking it through.