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Library Science

"High Life Honey" CD

Happi Tyme Records 

Genres: dub, instrumental, electronic

Happi Tyme
Box 21104
Seattle, WA 98111

Sep 13 - 19 2004

"Please sample our music and transform our work, even for commercial purposes.  Distributing verbatim copies is accepted, unless for profit.  Do not use for advertising."

Library Science is exactly the type of band I love.  This record has been put together for The Bran Flakes' Happi Tyme label (named after an old children's record label, I think - I saw an old copy of "Peter and the Wolf" in a thrift store at one point.)  But it isn't the type of found sound adventure you might expect - instead, it's space-dub.  That's right, this is melodic, live-and-electronic dub music - sometimes funky, sometimes introspective - that never ceases to amaze and entertain me.  I'm not the biggest fan of their genre, but their spirit and songwriting don't fail to impress.

High Life Honey is a fine disc, and it highlights Library Science's skill at blending freeform, performed dub with electronic samples and squiggly electronics.  The songs flow well together, and produce a very melodic, moody feel - from start to finish, this album is spacey and mysterious.  "Angry Li'l Stumpy" and "Work" are whimsical instrumentals that can easily get stuck in your head.  Other tunes are a bit more groovy ("What Time Is Science?," "Mi'kyn's Revival Suit").  Fortunately, all of these songs are very compatible, and together they create a very playful, infectious album.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by Illegal Art, released 2004]