Latent Anxiety, an award-winning music project from Los Angeles, is the brainchild of Ilja Rosendahl, a songwriter, producer and talented musician. Ilja’s experimental approach is his musical purport into the developments of modern society and the depths of human emotion. He creates a blend of dark wave, industrial and gothic themes with infusions of rock, pop and dance music into a multidimensional sound that he calls Electronic Alternative Rock (EAR). Latent Anxiety does not get caught up in one particular musical style or genre, presenting substantial crossover ability.
“Liberation” is the new album from Latent Anxiety. It is a “Best Of” release, containing a 12 song compilation of remixed and re-mastered tracks, from past Latent Anxiety studio albums. With the addition of 3 unpublished bonus tracks.
The clarity and depth of all the songs on the album is superb, while the ‘new’ versions all sound better than they ever have before. It’s almost impossible to remain impassible when listening to Latent Anxiety. The music, the words, and the purpose, covers the whole spectrum of emotion, energy, inspiration, and passion. Songs like “Asia,” “Dirty Baby,” “Galley” and “Highway 1” from the first part of the collection are elegantly raw and driving. While the mid-section with “I Miss You,” and “If You Love Me So,” present a quieter intermission before Ilja Rosendahl launches off into darker and heavier territory with “Insane,” “Latent Anxiety,” and probably the best track on the album, “Liberation.” And you still have 3 tracks to go!
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Of all the new indie electronic rock bands out there now, few understand how to present this genre really well, in modern rock. It’s common knowledge, that when playing around with synths and rock n’ roll, the risk of sounding very eighties and outdated is just around the corner, but L.A.’s Latent Anxiety keep a foot in the 21st century here and now, with fresh mixes and sounds that are not too retro.
However Latent Anxiety does more than just get the balance of the sound and style right. Ilja Rosendahl adds key things like melancholia, darkness, textured atmosphere, and really good hooky songwriting. There is also the interesting, male/female vocal on “If You Love Me So,” with point and counterpoint singing that really compliments the musical arrangement to perfection. The lyrics are thoughtful, uplifting, and provocative in spots, and the musical approach of synths and hard-edged guitars, really knock Latent Anxiety out of the park. There can be no doubt that Ilja Rosendahl, plays his electro/rock combination with verve and an earnestness that’s absolutely contagious.
On “Liberation” each song from lyrics to music is composed and mixed to perfection, achieving what it sets out to. Whether it’s the perfect blend of the moody and melodic synthesizers and guitars to the strong beat of the rhythm, each song is mixed to maximum effect. And let’s not forget the vocals which suit every song precisely, growing from melodic and haunting to a fierce growl in a heartbeat.
Add that to a killer production and you can be sure this album sounds fantastic in every way. It is technically an excellent, well-balanced job, which complements this emotional set of electronic rock songs in every way.
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