Volo limited deluxe 2 x CD edition.
Release date: 22nd February 2010
Bonus 3" CD featuring reworked album tracks.
Based in Manchester, Last Harbour are an expansive
collective featuring an array of classical instrumentation as well
as guitar, bass and drums. Their new album ‘Volo’ was co-produced
by the band and Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Herman Dune, Spacemen
3, Dakota Suite). From dusty laments to doom-filled rock, from
starkly beautiful duets to drifting clouds of looped noise,
there’s always an intensity that strikes hard. It's a highly
original record featuring the band’s strongest songs and most
creative arrangements of their career to date.
The band's previous album 'Dead Fires and the Lonely Spark' (2008)
was recorded to tape in a week with the band in full control. In
deliberate contrast, 'Volo' was recorded piece by piece over a
year in various locations and an early decision was taken that
Formby alone would mix the results. That freed up the band's
songwriting process. Very few of the songs were fully formed
before recording began and many took shape and direction through
the process of multi-layering instruments, loop creation and
Once recording was finished, the band handed over mixing duties to
co-producer Richard Formby, who worked with an open remit and no
instructions, placing a deliberate loss of control at the centre
of the artistic process. Formby’s only brief was that he should
mix the record as he saw fit - whatever he came up with would be
released without any further interference from the band. The
result, born first of abandonment and then reconciliation, is
"4/5. Rather beautiful and at times menacing, recalling Black
Heart Procession and Dirty Three."
*** "With their gothic archness and deathly strings, Last
Harbour's fourth LP 'Volo' is their most expansive to date."
"'Volo' exhibits so much literary dexterity and multi-instrumental
skill you feel almost duty-bound to surrender. Ah, those
sweet-melancholic violins shedding soft tears for women and
children menaced by dark forces. Ah, the sorrowed seduction of
Kevin Craig's cavernous baritone."
"A perfectly realised example of their modus operandi."
DROWNED IN SOUND
"Rich and foreboding tracing a thread back to the post-industrial
soundscapes of Joy Division."
"A grand eloquence."
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY
"The beatific yearning could be an unplugged slow-mo Joy Division.
Consistently accomplished, Last Harbour are true studio artisans."
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