Anjou is born from the ashes of Virginia's staple post-rock band Labradford, bringing together guitarist and singing man Mark Nelson with bassist Robert Donne for their first collaboration in a good minute. With Labradford all but disbanded, 'Anjou' is a good chance as any to recreate their magic, bringing together stunning ambient textures with a conflicting dose of noise. They're joined by Steven Hess, who has helped feel the noise for Fennesz, as well as Nelson's seminal instrumental project Pan•American.
9/10 Ian Staff review, 08 October 2014
Here we have a much anticipated project from former Labradford boys Mark Nelson and Robert Donne who are also joined by Steven Hess who worked with them for Pan American. Anjou is a completely new creation though with an emphasis on more minimal compositions mixing ambient drone and electronic static noise. Elements of the trios past output shines through here with the murky darkness of Labradford coupled with more creepy electronic splashes of the Pan American sound. The most interesting thing about this album is it’s ability to switch from the artificial to the organic in a blink with mostly crumbling sounds of static intersected by jazz like percussion and effects laden guitars. ‘Sighting’ adds a surprising sound of a tight snare drum to it’s cloudy ambience and within ‘Readings’ lurks a distant bass line that seems to be waiting to lurch around the corner at any given moment.
Apart from the sparse ambience there is an underlying backbone of jazz influence here, It’s like all the quiet moments of Bark Psychosis and Talk Talk all filtered and diluted into one fuzzy sound, knowing the history of these three musicians back catalogue is enough to wet any fans appetite but I’d multiply that by a hundred, this is way better than I expected so I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised too.
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