Boomkat Product Review:
'E Luxo So' was the fifth release from Virginia-based three piece Labradford and saw the band again flirting with cinematic grandeur, helped in part by the addition of a string section. This album however is a much more low-key proposal than its predecessor and was misinterpreted by many listeners on its release who were likely expecting the next grand statement in post rock. Rather Labradford had chosen to take a step back and 'E Luxo So' is possibly their most subtle work as it weaves their signature sound in and out of repeating phrases and lush instrumentation. It feels like a soundtrack to a slow-burning piece of film, hazy images emerge and dissolve slowly and reveal themselves only after repeat listening. Just listen to the album's intense second track, taking a glitchy rhythm and then overlaying Mark Nelson's distinctive Americana-tinged guitar and beautiful piano-work from Carter Brown. The influence this band has had, even with albums late on in their career, is obvious from the outset and any fans of instrumental, experimental music should check this without delay. Recommended!