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  • Audio CD (25 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B00000J6AU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
E Luxo So is one of those rare beauties of an album that transfixes you from the start and holds you 'til the end. Whats more, after the first listen in which you are amazed at the depths spartan chords can stir, you gradually grow fond of it, slowly depending on it until you find yourself hugging the CD case in bed at night. I'd originally thought that Boards of Canada had produced the defining mimimalist album with "A Beautiful Place In the Country", but I see I was mistaken.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deven Gadula on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Listening to your favorite songs of Labradford is like being surrounded by the most beautiful part of a song you love and simply staying with that part and floating in its beauty. It is quite a purifying experience during which the peace inside of you strengthens and solidifies and the space between you and all unnecessary distractions takes over. It is helpful not to be planning your next moves when you listen to this music. Labradford provides a perfect background, now. When you listen to P or S (yes, these are titles of their songs and both these are from Mi Media Naraja) all you feel like doing is to press repeat 1 and delay your next engagement. At least I do. After I got really hooked on this music back in 2003 I had spent around 6 months listening to nothing else but Labradford and often to P or S on repeat 1 for hours on end. The gates of your mind become wide open, believe me. Their last 3 albums are my favorite, Mi Media Naraja (1997); E Luxo So (1999); Fixed: Context (2001), with my most favorite songs being on Mi Media Naraja, but I still prefer the overall feel of E Luxo So (aside from song titles). Although I do like music of Pan American (Mark's following act), some of the spirit is just not there for me any more. Labradford's 3 final albums (as of 2009, and I do hope they will have me revise my sentence) are a mixture of ambient minimalist music, fragments of beautiful melodies here and there, some background noise and a mastery of delays, loops and echoes.

Many people listening to great music might have a problem with getting into Labradford. This music will annoy you extremely, bore you to death, or reveal its beauty and power to you. I really don't want you to be resentful towards me. Here are a few reasons why not to listen to Labradford.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Labradford produce a wonderful swirling soundscape for the ambient devotists. They mix together an electronic hum complemented with beautiful relaxing piano, and heart stopping clicks and rhythms. A truly outstanding mellow album.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "rourkus" on 16 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
With hours to spare, staring at the ceilng, this album would probably have impressed me a little more. However I don't have that luxury.
E luxo so is like the anti boards of Canada, whilst being entirely instumental it appears to have no focus.
The album does litte to hold my concentration and in places reminds me of the more quirky Icelandic band "Mum".
I won't be purchasing any more labradford albums, but I won't be throwing this is in the bin either. Maybe one evening, when everyone and eveything is else where, I'll find time stare at the ceiling and loose my self. Chances are though I'll only see the dust on the light fittings.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Presque rien 14 Jun. 2000
By David Kipp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Catholic monk Thomas Merton in his book No Man Is An Island wrote of the paramount importance of silence in all things - without silence, he held, there could be no real beauty. It remains to be seen whether Mark Nelson has been studying Merton's writings, but it's not difficult to appreciate the vast stillness that lies at the centre of Labradford's fifth record, E Luxo So.
This is a record of slow, measured pieces of music that are simply constructed around uncomplicated guitar and bass lines, spare touches of keyboard and murmuring electronics. It's fitting that in the pieces are merely numbered 1 to 6 - such music ultimately needs no titles, for what purpose would they serve?
Those looking for a reference point for such music might well begin with the compositions of Arvo Pärt, who weaves simple yet eloquent pieces from largely static themes. It could also be said that E Luxo So is both the logical extension of Labradford's earlier music and the herald of Mark Nelson's later work as Pan American. I feel, however, that in the end such references are useless. Labradford, having progressed from the murky, uneasy rumble of such records as their third, self-titled, album, have moved beyond the stage where their work demands comparison.
The music barely moves and yet is strongly moving - it is a journey inward at whose "end" (the sixth piece, whose frugal guitar melody suggests unspeakable loss) I realise that to have heard this record is in fact a new beginning. If what I have written seems pretentious, it is merely because I am striving to express in words what E Luxo So merely hints at through music and it is inevitable that I should fail - silence by its very nature defies explanation. END
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An overlooked gem 16 May 2000
By Joel Hanson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps the two most important components of creating memorable mood music are the use of restraint and a respect for silence. In other words, it is everything a composer leaves out of a piece and the sufficient spaces created between the remaining instruments and notes that lead to the most compelling soundtracks. Consistent with the above "rules" of composition, Labradford's ambient instrumental music has become more and more effective as it has grown increasingly sparse and minimalist, just like the blurry black and white image that graces the cover of the band's third release, E luxo so. I don't have any idea if Carter Brown and Mark Nelson are still the creative force behind the group; neither their names nor their pictures appear on Mi Media Naranja or the current release. But I don't think it matters if I know; the sparse packaging, abridged liner notes and untitled songs seem intentionally austere in order to direct the listener's attention specifically to the music while nevertheless maintaining an air of mystery regarding its production.
Each of the six songs on E luxo so feature a different instrument to evoke divergent and sometimes conflicting moods, but there is something meaningful here for every lost soul patient enough to notice the unique way that sound can alter the significance of images - either on a movie screen or in one's head. E luxo so contains hammered dulcimer, droning, delay-pedaled Morricone-esque guitar, vibraphones and key changes that pay reverent homage to Angelo Badalamenti circa Twin Peaks, simple, spacious piano chords that fall somewhere between the hopeful spirit of Mark Hollis and the bleak emptiness elicited by Gordon Sharp - particularly on the latter half of Cindytalk's In This World - and strings to complement the proceedings. The result is beautiful but ambivalent and tension filled - the ideal sonic catalyst for remembering, or forgetting, all of your mistakes.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Streamlining the Emotions 7 Jun. 2000
By Second Fig - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is Labradford's 5th album and quite possible their best yet. They've clearly progressed from the dense and murky waters of 'Prazision' and 'A Stable Reference', swapping cluttered and hazy music that was often hit and miss for crystal clear beauty. The six tracks on E Luxo So are incredible in both their simplicity and their emotion. Seemingly effortless in their composition and playing their is nothing here to detract from the feeling and mood at all, indeed silence might as well be listed as an instrument for this lp as the Richmond trio (of Carter Brown (Keyboards etc), Mark Nelson (Guitar etc) (who also records with Pan American) and Robert Donne (bass etc) use the 'sound of silence' as carefully and with as much skill and precision as any they do with each note from the piano, each shimmer of cello.
Labradford have been pruning back on their sound since the beginning, song titles such as "Accelerating on a smoother road" are now replaced with a single digit number. The hused and whispered vocals are completely absent and rarely can more than two or three instruments be heard together, but as Labradford head off towards the vanishing point they're leaving behind the music that memories are made of. Nostalgia and even emotion just aren't the same after this record. Truly breathtaking.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Reflective and meditative 10 Jan. 2000
By Matthew D. Mercer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Labradford has steered away somewhat from the darker, dirgier moments of prior efforts such as "A Stable Reference" with this one. The third track is actually a beautiful, sweet piano piece, with a sensitivity not found on previous releases. The final piece closes out the album in true form with a melancholy guitar line and dulcimer melody. None of the pieces have vocals, which is something I think improves the music over previous releases. Sad, simple and soft.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Atmospheric, transcendant 2 Oct. 2001
By Terry O Faulkner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album as a result of previous reviews I had read. I am new to the "post-rock" genre and from first listen I am impressed. I had recently only delved into Godspeed... and was looking for something a bit like it yet distinguishable on its own.
This album can be very sparse at times and at others very dense. Their use of effects at the correct times enhances moods and enables the listener to step outside the usual "aural" boundary.
At times, this is reminiscent of Steve Reich and at others similar to Brian Eno. Both of their influences can be heard here. Don't get me wrong, this is no easy listen. Someone who is looking for radio-friendly, melodic-based music will not find what they are looking for. These are soundscapes and should be regarded as such. Then again, you probably would not have wound up here looking for any typical radio-friendly material.
It's good to know that musicians can still experiment and make enough to eat. Bravo to Labradford. I look forward to their purchasing their other releases in the near future.
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