You might not know how to pronounce this name, but remember music transcends boundaries. If Robert Plant could travel the world without classifying the genre of music he was experiencing, I feel it’s fine to know about Rihards Lībietis without creating a CV. Their latest single is called Caurvīt Paralēles // Transcending Parallels, and it is an experiment with sonic space and what it means in music.
Space is probably the only thing you can define by the existing, and not what isn’t. That is how the song starts, with Rihards Lībietis guitar work consuming the sphere of silence. As it progresses, the song focuses on the mellow riff that reverberates solely, before the rest of the instruments flow in. It is in fact, transcending parallels, if both the limits were space and time. I know this is heavy and provocatively unnecessary, but the song demands this attention.
Post the 1:40 minute mark, the song changes its climate to form a condusive environment for the instruments to splash in. It has an almost Alcest vibe, the French outfit creating soothing metal music. A minute before the song ends is climax mode, as the band explores the folds like Porcupine Tree and the limits of prog rock/metal are tested.
Closing with the cool ambience of synth, Rihards Lībietis create what can be and cannot with their fresh single here. A lot said without nothing being said at all: