Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Formed by Carter Brown (keyboards) and Mark Nelson (29 August 1965, Berlin, Germany; guitar/vocals), Richmond, Virginia, USA-based Labradford have established themselves as vital innovators in the influential post-rock music scene. The duo made an immediate impact with their 1993 debut, Prazision LP. Informed by Brown’s studies into early and medieval music, it offered listeners an entirely new take on conventional music semantics, in keeping with their stated intention to ‘move beyond pop’. Many critics were enraptured by the band’s ability to balance improvised ambient, almost ecclesiastical textures with more accessible passages. The claustrophobic nature of several songs, ‘Accelerating On A Smoother Road’ in particular, recalled the dense atmospherics of Joy Division. Bass player Robert Donne was added to the line-up for A Stable Reference, which featured a spacey sound reminiscent of the work of fellow pioneers, Flying Saucer...

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