February 7, 2020

Wax and Wire

Cross-continental new music powerhouse Latitude 49 returns with flair and passion on their sophomore release Wax and Wire. This dynamic collection takes the listener on a genre-bending journey, careening wildly from the visceral to the sublime.

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1) Number Nine (Gabriella Smith)
2) Wax and Wire (Viet Cuong)
3) Thread and Fray (Sarah Kirkland Snider)
4) a sense of who (Annika Socolofsky)
5) these (were) used to harm (Chris Sies)
6) You Are Free (Sarah Kirkland Snider)

Cross-continental new music powerhouse Latitude 49 returns with flair and passion on their sophomore release Wax and Wire. This dynamic collection takes the listener on a genre-bending journey, careening wildly from the visceral to the sublime. From the psychedelic pulsations of Gabriella Smith’s Number Nine (an homage to the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”) flows Viet Cuong’s whimsical showpiece Wax and Wire, establishing the record’s charisma and variety right away. Ruminant works by Annika Socolofsky and Chris Sies direct us inward: Socolofsky’s a sense of who challenges us to consider ourselves in light of the communities we inhabit, while these (were) used to harm by Latitude 49’s own Chris Sies employs effects inspired by specific songs that have been used as means of torture against a sometimes thrashing chambercore background. Two works by Sarah Kirkland Snider provide the record’s most intimate moments, with the swirling trio Thread and Fray unfurling tightly-knit textures while the cleansing, haunting, but ultimately hopeful You Are Free closes out the record in a state of utter contemplation.

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