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Mancunian two-piece One Little Atlas (OLA/O>L>A) return with their debut album, Wayfarer, a sumptuous compositional collection that’s a step-up in scope and scale. Take their collaboration with the Up North Orchestra – an outdoorsy and optimistic tonic in trying times – Dean Jones’ tasteful electronics blended with a string arrangement and Kevan Hardman’s ethereal, virtuoso vocal.
Choral harmonies swell the rafters throughout, simmering percussion and a gentle guitar palette leading to serene synths, devastating viola and chimes that have an early morning, Eastern quality. Appealing to both the heart and the head, dreamy ambience and the peaceful lapping of the shoreline drop out into drifting New Age flute, everything coming together later at the wind-whipped peaks of post-rock.
Wayfarer is a huge and luxurious achievement deserving of an equally huge audience.