Review of Lost From Atlas Album by Lost From Atlas

While the avalanche of one-dimensional post-rock bands has somewhat died a death, there's still room at the inn for those attempting to bring something new to the table. Dartford's Codes In The Clouds are one outfit that spring to mind and in recent years, Leeds has offered several of their own variations in the shape of Solus Locus, The Pattern Theory and for those of a harder and heavier persuasion, That Fucking Tank.

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Fellow Yorkshiremen Lost From Atlas can add themselves proudly to that list as this nine-track opus, their self-titled, self-released debut long player, sees them revitalise the genre's tired formula, adding several new tricks and slants of their own. Although the trio that make up Lost From Atlas may still be in their late teens, they show a healthy maturity that transcends many of their peers who've seemingly settled for a comfortable life of repetitive monotony.

Sure, there's an undeniable debt to the likes of Explosions In The Sky, G!YBE and Youthmovies throughout 'Lost From Atlas', but listen carefully and you'll begin to notice reference points from the more unfashionable likes of Q And Not U or Yndi Halda.

However, the band's knack for marrying dexterity with tune coupled with David Lawrie's resilient production makes for engaging listening, and while there is an occasional tendency to get bogged down in a quagmire of its own making ('Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide' wouldn't have missed the odd 45 seconds or so), 'Lost From Atlas' is an ambitious statement of intent from instrumental math rock's latest home-grown incumbents.


Dom Gourlay

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