MI MEDIA NARANJA is Labradford's defining moment. In the reconstructionist spirit of what the media likes to call "post-rock," this Richmond, VA band makes mostly instrumental music that gleefully breaks down stylistic barriers. MI MEDIA NARANJA, the band's most fully realized effort, eschews traditional "rock" song structures, and moves instead toward what could be the soundtrack to some long-lost art film. In fact, film music is an important touchstone here, as the twangy spaghetti-western guitar sound associated with Ennio Morricone is an important element of the sound. That moody, cinematic aesthetic combines with a seemingly Krautrock-inspired use of electronics to create one of the most original sounds of the '90s. For Labradford newcomers, this is the best place to start.
Q (5/01, p.73) - "...[Their] 4th and best album takes their less-is-more aesthetic to its natural apotheosis....chilling and fascinating..."
Option (3-4/98, p.95) - "...[oozes] atmosphere and romance and suspended dread and limitless vistas...delivered with an even hand and a subtle touch..."
Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #46 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
Melody Maker (11/1/97, p.46) - "...the way Labradford connect with sensations...takes them way beyond pop or rock or indie....it's a sonic experiment, designed to induce feelings of helplessness."