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Earth honcho and living guitar legend Dylan Carlson was in the UK recently (“researching folklore and faire folk of the British Isles”, quoth the press release) and while he was over he teamed up with a couple of buddies, guitarist Jodie Cox and vocalist Teta Colamonaco, to record the newest instalment of Southern’s excellent Latitudes series.
It’s pretty much a full album, too, with the seven originals and covers running to 35 minutes of patient, droney guitar tone worship full of Carlson’s trademark slooow melodies. It’s like Earth but quieter and folkier and less doomy. Colamonaco has a lovely singing voice, although she doesn’t really start singing until halfway through when they close on a series of covers from the likes of PJ Harvey, the Kinks and Richard Thompson (in contrast with the opening spoken word title track, the traditional ‘Reynardine’ and ‘The Faery Round’ by 16th-century composer Anthony Holborne which dominate the meandering first half).
I’m enjoying these more contemporary covers more because they’re much faster paced and less droney, but if you’re into slow and mystical guitarwork and beautiful drawn-out tones then this should keep you happy until the next Earth album comes along.
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