Labradford
Mi Media Naranja


4.0
excellent

Review

by scissorlocked USER (35 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2011 | 9 replies | 4,164 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Virginian post-rockers claim the throne with their "better half"

At the dusk of 90's, and while most of today's famous post rockers were still unknown and drifting, Labradford were slowly mastering the art of creating music in low frequencies. Shaping their sound for almost half a decade, the band managed to effectively built a name in the fledgling back then post rock community, for its magnificent sense of creating atmospheres of sheer ambiance. Mi Media Naranja is an album of this quality, haunting and silent, completely devoid of climaxes, and deeply evocative.

While rich in textures and layers of sound, Mi Media Naranja is not the complex, hard-to-swallow instrumental record. Relaxing in its entirety, but still dramatic and intense at times, the album flows with exceptional ease, being able to maintain a moody character from the beginning to the end. Mostly built on smooth piano and guitar melodies, with many twinkling and echoing sounds at the background, Mi Media Naranja's emotional spectrum depends on the ambiance it creates, starting from dreamy to almost claustrophobic and dreadful. The sonic experience is enhanced with gentle string additions and carpets of ever-flowing keyboard sounds, accompanying with an underwhelming melancholy the developing themes, mostly far from the typical post rock, crescendo-craving structures. Away from complexity in songwriting and instrumentation, Mi Media Naranja's minimalism and simplicity is clearly a mean to the construction of a sonic creation, that, despite flirting with an -excusable- monotony at times, remains seethingly attractive and beautifully mysterious.



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scissorlocked
October 2nd 2011



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band is sublime and needs wider attention

short reviews are better

Constructive criticism is always welcome

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BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2011



44164 Comments


Cool review, sound worthy of a spin.

scissorlocked
October 3rd 2011



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's surely worthy of a spin- album is short and sweet

DoubtGin
October 3rd 2011



6686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is pretty sweet

not my favourite of theirs, though

scissorlocked
October 3rd 2011



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

e luxo so is probably better

their whole discography is solid though

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 24th 2012



3663 Comments


"not my favourite of theirs, though"

What is?

Graveyard
July 28th 2012



5388 Comments


this is what the recent post-rocky kids should be checking out

AStableReference
November 14th 2012



1826 Comments


Not sure what's up with the shrill sounds on this album, they are a little hard on the ear.

RoyalImperialGuard
March 8th 2014



570 Comments


Rules so much.

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