Ed Roman – Letters From High Latitudes
Overflowingly creative, Ed Roman’s latest album features twists and turns that dares to lead alternative rock into new territory.
Opening with ‘I Told You So’ Ed Roman’s vocal style is immediately reminiscent of Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and at times even Scottish folkster Roddy Woomble. It’s a strong start to the album, guaranteed to have you singing along by the end of the song. ‘Comin My Way’ changes direction slightly, presenting itself as a stripped back campfire song. With its warm acoustic guitar, the track builds with harmonica and rattly percussion to create a gentle and satisfying ambience. ‘World Keeps On Turning’ sees Ed Roman’s vocal lean closely to Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service’s Benjamin Gibbard, lo-fi, quirky, and emotive. ‘Jamaica’ cleverly employs a grumbling reggae beat, infused with the trademark alt.rock vibe. Throughout the album there are some really exciting moments – the guitar solo on ‘Electric Beauty (Distant Gods)’ is terrific, with its splintered squeals and wails, and the megaphone filtered vocals on ‘In Your Eyes are a joy to the ears. Letters From High Latitudes features a few instrumentals – ‘Roly’s Cottage’, ‘Melacthon June Bug’ and ‘Tinker’ – all packed with musical creativity and wit.
Well worth a look if you like your alternative rock done differently.