Anjou are of course two thirds of legendary ambient post-rockers Labradford and under this unassuming moniker are free to tinker with their vaporous soundscapes consisting of the two 's's - synths and space. This is their second album following on from their well received self titled debut. Expect lots of sonorous, liquid compositions from these masters at work.
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OK, so all I knew beforehand about this release -- on the ever-reliable Kranky label -- was that Anjou are two of ambient post-rockers Labradford. For their second LP, Robert Donne and Mark Nelson have teamed up once again to deliver an album full of synthetic electronic sounds and organic swells.
The record is presented as a suite of 5 long-form swathes: foggily drifting, panning, warmly pulsating. Opening track ‘Calcinae’ builds slowly in layers to hypnotic effect -- a little reminiscent of The Field, here -- until bursts of noise and cymbal crashes bring you out of your daydream; rifles of static take over and eventually lead into another long, mesmeric, krauty section. ‘Greater Grand Crossing’ is full of alien sounds giving way to slow, unprocessed guitar in a single chord. On the track ‘An Empty Bank’, there’s even a mournful cornet cutting a defined figure through the haze; beautiful.
The highlight of the record though might just be ‘Soucouyant’: 11 minutes of bleeps, bloops and insect sounds creeping through the subconscious mind like crystal formations. Very relaxing, as it happens.
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