LabField Ė Bucket of Songs (CD Hubro)
LabFieldís third album seems to be a beast which doesnít know what it wants to be. That might be due to the expanded line up with LabField going from a duo to a trio. The extra member being Giuseppe Ielasi who guested on the previous album and now makes his debut as a full member.
The album starts off in abstract whirring, clunking droning sort of way not unlike something you might expect to hear from a less organic version of Zoviet-France.
If it carried on like this I think youíd have a fine album of atmospheres but it likes to confuse and confound you and so track two starts of in a similar manner as the opener but then throws in the unexpected by means of a plucked instrument and very low in the mix drums with lots of brush work on the snares and then the vocals arrive.
Flesh, bones, love, pressure, dust gets repeated over and over above the odd instrumental backdrop.
Iím not saying itís not good because it is very captivating and compelling just perhaps not the direction the first track hinted at.
Track three carries on taking us away from the experimental side of things with a rolling, lolloping fingerpicking instrumental piece.
But then the second third of the albums take us back to the opener with the spacious soundscapes showing perhaps what a soundtrack for a Western would sound like in the hands of a more leftfield composer.
Then with the last third of the album we come back to more melodic based pieces with the melodies backed by some less easily determined sounds. The penultimate pieceís vocals (Mariam Wallentin guesting as the vocalist) almost taking us into a Nico meets Grace Slick theme.
Iíve listened to this album a lot and I keep coming back to it but Iím still in two minds as to whether or not I really enjoy it or am just determined to get my head around it more.
Itís definitely a thing of merit but requires a certain amount of perseverance to get much from. But Iíd say that perseverance is probably worth the effort. DB