Partners - Review for Daystar:
Dreampop fit for a starry
night in a big feather bed, the speakers well concealed and well employed
distributing the beautiful yet powerful music of this Dayton, Ohio band.
This is the third album for Lab Partners, and I'm ashamed to admit I
haven't heard the first two. They were released in 1999 (Lab Partners)
and 2000 (Turn It On), and somehow they flew in under my radar, but
I am so knocked out by this I intend to rectify the situation ASAP.
If they are anywhere near as dreamy, as well connected with the vibes
of space and as well written in general, I have to own them.
A description of the music? Acoustic guitars, not necessarily jangling
but quite full sounding, lay out a medium-slow foundation for Michael
Smith's hypnotic voice. It's often in a major key - not the norm in
a minor-key driven genre, but effective in the hands of these players
- yet it still has a dreamy, minor feel to it. Impressive. Bass, drums
and distorted, psychedelectric guitar swell into the soundscapes that
are sometimes minimalistic and sometimes thick, lush and loaded with
Now I need to get ahold of the two previous releases and study the band's
progression while awaiting the 4th release. Yeah, I'm a music geek,
I know, but bands like Lab Partners fascinate me. Anyone who can make
music that makes me feel stoned in the heightened awareness sense of
the word has my full attention. [You can order this CD directly from
Big Beef Records for only 11 dollars. Visit their website at www.bigbeef.com.
While you're there, check out the sound clips of their other bands.
They have a solid stable of talent there, including Cosmik Debris favorites,
The Mulchmen. But don't forget why you're there. Lab Partners is a must-have.
© 2003 - DJ Johnson