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Classic Album Review: Labradford | fixed::context

The minimalist trio's music moves with imperceptible fluidity and graceful beauty.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If less really is more, then nothing just might be everything.

I’d love to take credit for that but I can’t — I read it somewhere. Surprisingly, it wasn’t in the press kit for Labradford’s sixth full-length effort fixed::context. But it sure seems to be the principle guiding this minimalist trio who fuse lethargically twangy Twin Peakish guitar lines, subliminal bass vibrations and otherworldly synth textures into subliminally seductive epics. With four songs spread languidly over 37 minutes, this disc moves with the imperceptible fluidity and graceful beauty of realigning tectonic plates, changing seasons, planetary orbits and other grand natural phenomena. In the same way that speeding up a film allows you to see the passage of shadows across the land, perhaps playing this at the right speed would produce surf music. Eventually, however, I doubt even that would work. At the rate they’re going, soon Labradford will become one with the sounds of silence. And it will be golden.