Labradford are a very interesting band. Their music is entirely
about texture. It's about how the sounds flow across, against,
and through one another. It makes for some interesting introspective
Or rather, it would if it were not for the thing that i hate
about Labradford: they torture droids.
I'm not sure, but i am fairly certain of it. They obviously
bought a whole slew of Astro Droids (like R2 D2) off of some
Jawas, and they torture them. Labradford sit and play their
music, and somewhere in the foreground are little bleeps and
bloops and blips of some poor robot experienceing extreme pain.
Okay, i am not sure if that's what they are really doing, but
that's what it sounds like. Labradford make these really beautiful
soundscapes, and then destroy the mood and enjoyability of it
with their painful wierd electronic sounds. If i could remove
those sounds, Labradford would be AMAZING!
But as it stands i have to ask: WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY THINKING???????
The music is so beautiful, why destroy it with those wierd
sounds??? Why, oh why, do they do that?
This is the second album that they have done this to me on.
They even did it live. Which makes sense, i suppose, if they
consider it to be a part of their songs. Whatever. I just wish
that they would make the hurting stop! For my sake, and for
That said, they really only do the whole "droid torture" thing
on one song of this album. It's the first song, and unfortunately
it takes up half of the CD. This track, called Twenty
exists for about 12 minutes or so of great melodic texture.
Bass riffs thunder off of lightly played keys. I listen to it,
and lose myself in the wonderful melodic texture. Then, suddenly,
there is a loud "bleep bloop blip blip" (translation: "Help,
i am just a harmless droid! Don't hurt me!") and i am shocked
and somewhat frightened. This harsh electronic sound that Labradford
layer in front of this song just, well, it sets my hair on end.
After they work it out of their system, Labradford proceed
to make another 17 minutes of that beautiful textured music.
In particular, track 3 David starts off with luscious
keys and meandering bass, before adding extreme tape hiss into
the mix. The hiss overwhelms the bass, and then is swallowed
by syncopated electronic beats. It's a really nice effect --
an altogether more pleasant use of the "noise" aesthetic than
on Twenty. After that, the entire album lightly fades
out, leaving you nice and calmed. Well, after a few listens
it does. The first few times i kept expecting "droid torture"
noises to creep back into the mix, and that kept me on edge.
So there you go -- Labradford have a lot of talent and skill
at crafting wonderfully textured melodies, but they make some
very odd choices as to some of those textures. Disturbing choices.
But maybe it's just me who is bothered by this? I dunno.....