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Title - 'Across The Pacific'
Artist - The South Pasifika Sound Project

For those unaware, The South Pasifika Sound Project's debut album Across The Pacific is a stunning, 8-track instrumental narrative of a journey across the South Seas, from Vanuatu in the west to the Cook Islands in the east.

Each track on the album, except for the title track, represents a location in the South Pacific Ocean, with the aforementioned title track describing the great voyages of Pacific people over the past millennia.

1. 'Across The Pacific'
2. 'Moso's Footprint'
3. 'Aitutaki'
4. 'Matapa'
5. 'Sola'
6. 'Tagaqe'
7. 'Anahulu'
8. 'Tarawera'

Opening on the free flowing majesty of the title track, up next is the atmospheric 'Moso's Footprint' (named after a strangely shaped indentation in the lava at Cape Puava), and then we get the melodic island hipsway of 'Aitutaki' (an area which features a beautiful turquoise lagoon on the coral atoll), and the more forthright, mid-tempo guitar rock of 'Matapa' (which contains a striking cleft in the coastal limestone rock on the tiny island of Niue).

Next up is the finger-snapping, gently frenetic wonderment of 'Sola' (an ode to the amazing women water drummers of the Banks Islands in northern Vanuatu), which is itself backed by the effervescent warming of 'Tagaqe' (which is a small village on the coral coast of Viti Levu in Fiji), the album rounding out on the beautifully harmonic strains of 'Anahulu' (whose island, like many in the South Pacific, are formed from uplifted coral reefs), and closes on the more robust, quiet surf rock reverb of 'Tarawera' (which is named after Mt. Tarawera, an active volcano that erupted in 1886, destroying the famous Pink and White terraces).

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