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New Latitude – Vantage Point

June 23, 2017

The magic and majesty of acoustic guitar interplay offered by the group New Latitude returns here with harmonies and melodies as mellow and soothing as an ocean breeze on their sophomore release Vantage Point. With delicious elegance and choreography, guitarists Jim Carr and Dave Erickson – joined by bassist/vocalist Robert Strickland and drummer Deon Kuhl – deliver a set of tracks that romance and sweetly sing to the soul while caressing the aural sense so delicately. If one can imagine a wondrous waltz between two guitars in perfect step and cadence, this album would its personification.

With that Acoustic Alchemy charm and original blend of World, jazz, and new age splendor, I have no doubt that this group and its material will work its way up the charts with ease. You simply cannot deny or resist its magnetic pull and attraction if you enjoy beautiful music. It’s that simple.

Working their way gently and deliberately through the album, Carr, Erickson & Co. offer such gems as the rhythmically lilting lead track “Victorious,” the delightfully intricate “Springtime,” the exotic “Just Ride” with its Brazilian influence, the melodically sound “Incantare” (certainly one of my faves here), the light & airy “Halcyon Days,” “Five Mountain Dance” and “Birds of Prey,” two very becoming tracks that are also among my faves, and more.

Displaying skills and a true feel for the beauty that they create, New Latitude steers one on a vivid journey of musical brilliance. So often, this type of music is not only desired but needed by many to massage away the burdens of the day. With the perfect vehicle to escape to that mysterious mountain or that far away plush tropical island, this group scores high once again. – Ronald Jackson