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Mi Media Naranja
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Listening to Labradford's Me Media Naranja is like eavesdropping on the dream music of the American cowboy. Echoing, watery guitars float over the open, dusty range of the mind. A waxy organ and percussive bells flesh out ... more »
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Listening to Labradford's Me Media Naranja is like eavesdropping on the dream music of the American cowboy. Echoing, watery guitars float over the open, dusty range of the mind. A waxy organ and percussive bells flesh out the atmosphere while each song seamlessly carries on the soundtracklike tradition of its predecessor. The small, whispering voices and relaxing, risqué melodies survive in the soul long after this eerie music has ceased. An absolute ambient classic. --Karen Karleski
This one sticks.
Noemata | Chicago, IL USA | 09/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would suggest ignoring the likenings of this to music of the American west as suggested by the editorial reviews. I've had this record for a year and I never had that impression. This music is too unique for such a general comparison.
I say the record sticks because I've had it for a year and I still love this record, still find it a powerful experience that increases in depth with each listen. Its an ambient record, though, without question- and thereby essentially background music. But, given that, its the kind of music that I put on when I want to read on a rainy day- and, its perfect for that, in my opinion. And sooner or later, the music gently starts to seep into your consciousness. This is music that will follow you around if you give it the opportunity. The record is an experience that doesn't end when your speakers go quiet. *Highly* recommended."
Soul Music for the Jilted Generation
Second Fig | Co. Durham, UK | 06/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Labradford have never exactly followed musical convention too closely but in their own roundabout way the Richmond trio have developed their music and reached a pinnacle with their last 2 records. Mi Media Naranja (My Orange Half en Ingles) is quite simply stunning. The music is haunting and minamilistic, recording in texture rather than notes they conjure up dreamscapes in the listeners mind and intoxicate the mind. Inhabiting the realms between asleep and awake the music flows and entwines around itself, utilizing an array of instruments on the way. On 'I' cellos gently flow around eachother, soaring up at the end of the track breaking free from the earlier mantra like refrain of Nelson, "did you bury it, deep enough?". The other tracks (seven in all) are equally minamalistic and sparse, usually built around fragile guitars and organs with the occasional murmour from Nelson. Perhaps best described as a soundtrack rather than an lp but i for one can't even begin to imagine a film cpable of doing the music justice. Music that bypasses the ears completely and becomes only emotion and nostalgia, truly beautiful."
Music on a canvas
Serge | North Brunswick, NJ USA | 09/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album cannot be approached in the same way as pop music (or anything remotely closer). It is a bit difficult to define: slowly moving musical textures that are better absorbed than just heard - an experience in a similar vein as some electronica's ambient material and minimalist jass soundscapes, but it is nevertheless distinctly in its own territory. With a slow rhythm defined more by pulsating, pinging noises than percussion, overlayed with slithering patterns played with live instruments, creating a somewhat dark atmosphere. As mentioned elsewhere, the music is very much like the cover art - a dark canvas that shows nothing succinct to the naked eye, but is not without meaning. Just don't expect any sudden changes."