-We have finished The Other Shore. It is on bandcamp here:
-Latlaus Sky has been accepted by Pandora's curators. You can now make a 'Latlaus Sky' radio station.
Somewhere between the acoustic melodies of Elliot Smith, the ambiance of Eluvium, and the reversed vocals of Thom Yorke, rests the contemplative space of this year's most alluring musical project, Latlaus Sky.
Originating out of Portland, Oregon, artists Brett and Abby Larson, have created a unique, organic sound that not only soothes the soul, but also engages the audience into a naturally meditative space. “Rather than giving you something, we’re hoping to take something away,” states Brett Larson, the lead vocalist who played every instrument on the album and recorded and mastered it himself. “We hope to break your heart open and not put it back together, to leave that open space, and open the unanswered question- to find the raw experience of being aware, its an experience that is worth searching for."
Gaining momentum in 2007 after signing with 360 records out of San Francisco, CA, Latlaus Sky has released two major albums that have defined their sound. The first, an EP titled Swells, blends free-flowing melodies and simple chord progressions as the listener finds comfort in lofty vocals and ambient loops. Their second album, The End of Sorrow, brings a similar vibe, but show cases the band’s profound influence and artistic creativity. They are now on the label Albion-Andalus which publishes the secretive and subtle side of spirituality in many forms.
The End of Sorrow, “an open ended story with no specific ending,” is a saga that chronicles the life of man relatable to us all. While moments of the album evoke sadness, an underlying message focuses on the acceptance of human suffering- the beginning of internalizing uncertainty.
While the band plays portions of tracks, featuring their song writing abilities and free-flowing, ambient instrumentals, the members often find themselves improvising most sets to “really feel the room.”
As the audience receives a new set with a similar sound each time, the band members are just as excited to submerge themselves into something uniquely new as well. “We had a time when we really wanted to take ourselves too seriously, but it got way too claustrophobic. Now we never tell each other anything, we never say ‘hey could you give me more space for my vocals here, could you two not play lead at the same time’, we don’t discuss those things anymore. I think we all just rely on a lot of trust between us to say that this is just going to work out, and that really helps it work out,” states Brett Larson.
After 5 years of writing and critiquing The End of Sorrow, Latlaus Sky has begun work on their newest project, The Other Shore, a continuation of the never ending saga- the embodiment of existence. Mostly an instrumental album, the band strives to create something lasting and close to our hearts. “Music is powerful, especially instrumental music. It stays with you over years of your life, it doesn’t get so easily classified and then logged listened too or forgotten.” They are also working on an album called Paradise Lost telling the Sufi story of Iblis, the denied lover of God. The story opens with Iblis' fall from heaven into the shadows of being forgotten.
As the band tours the country, they continue to entangle their audiences into a spacious, enlightening moment, “…in a dream, in a trance of purposeful space,” states Abby Larson.
While they “hang in the pause” of each natural moment, Latlaus Sky is transforming music into a contemplative space that keeps us coming back for more.
-Written by Matt Diss of ALOC Media