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 Logistics and Navigation EP - The London Apartments
Logistics and Navigation EP Title: Artist: Year: Tracks: Logistics and Navigation EP
The London Apartments
2006
4

The London Apartments aren't a band, but a 19 year old Canadian called Justin Langlois who has recorded a four track EP in the bedroom of his apartment in Ontario, Canada. The name is taken from a plaque that says "The London Apartments"; on top of his apartment building. The record is his first release in the UK, after his debut album called Romanticism was released last year in Canada, and got him the attention of Beggars Banquet. In fact the first two songs on this release are actually from Romanticism and the second two tracks Summer Takes All My Time and Stories of Big Cities & Bigger Hearts.

The opening to the record is Streetlights are Soldiers, which opens the record perfectly, even if all the songs that follow it sound very similar, with haunting whispered vocals set to a multilayered electronic rhythm. The EP is filled with four songs that are all like this, essentially a combination of the Postal Service's background music with the vocals from Sigur Ros. But it manages to be an incredibly atmospheric record with, at times, inaudible vocals. You may feel that some of the songs do become quite tiresome in that there can be little change in their six or seven minutes of length, and can at times seem to be wandering aimlessly. The highlight of the record is probably Summer Takes All My Time, which can feel very chilling at times with its sparse composition and static abundant electronica, not to mention the characteristic haunting vocals, here more spectral than ever.

This release is not the sort that you'll pay your full attention to the rhythm and the lyrics but rather you'll find yourself getting lost in Justin Langlois' vast elctronic landscapes. It is almost more of an experience than a collection of music. It is interesting to think of how different this record would have been if Langlois' apartment walls were thicker so he could sing louder without fear of disturbing his neighbours.

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