Labradford
Mi Media Naranja


4.0
excellent

Review

by scissorlocked USER (35 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2011 | 15 replies


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


3517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band is sublime and needs wider attention



short reviews are better



Constructive criticism is always welcome

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2011


45086 Comments


Cool review, sound worthy of a spin.

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scissorlocked
October 3rd 2011


3517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

DoubtGin
October 3rd 2011


6764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is pretty sweet



not my favourite of theirs, though

scissorlocked
October 3rd 2011


3517 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


6109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

AStableReference
November 14th 2012


2182 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


1569 Comments


Rules so much.

AStableReference
September 3rd 2014


2182 Comments


Sad that there are only two Labradford album reviews on here. I mean, I'd love to help out but I'm horrible at reviews.

Artax36
April 25th 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent concise review, amazing album, legendary band.

Artuma
April 25th 2015


19360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this band is awesome

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Artax36
May 4th 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily one of the best reviews I've read on theses boards. Incredible album.

Artax36
May 4th 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*these

AStableReference
May 6th 2015


2182 Comments


For a band that actually performed live there is surprisingly not a single clip out there. Not sure what's up with that since they even toured with Godspeed at a point.



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