"High Life Honey" CD
Genres: dub, instrumental, electronic
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.
12 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by Illegal
Art, released 2004]