Review by Billy Geary
In a day and age where music is being created at such an alarming rate world wide, it is rare to find music of a quality that literally stops you in your tracks. It is even rarer to find said music being created by five humble individuals in your hometown, however, Laura are most certainly doing that at present. While there has been a large amount of outstanding post rock released this year, Twelve Hundred Times will ensure Laura remains in the forefront of people’s minds.
Described by most as an incomprehensible wall of sound, Laura’s moody brand of post-rock is exactly that. Their third album, Twelve Hundred Times, builds on their back catalogue and is essentially a natural progression of the band’s sound. Opener ‘Visitor’ kicks things off in a decidedly mellow fashion, with the band building a beautiful soundscape through the use of strings and keys before a wall of guitars consumes the final minutes of the track. Single ‘This Grey Earth’ follows in a similar way, with whispered vocals adding an extra dimension to the song.
Continue reading Laura – Twelve Hundred Times | Album Review
|For anyone who ever thought that making good music was a lost art, Laura compels you to think again. This March, the Melbourne 5-piece returns with the release of the limited edition double a-side 7 inch ‘This Grey Earth’ | Mark The Day’.
Dark, moody and complicated, the latest release from Laura is already gaining significant critical attention with ‘Mark The Day’ being named Single Of The Week by both Beat Magazine and InPress in January 2011, InPress saying, “…(Mark The Day Is) enough to darken the sun at midday.” For those familiar with the music of Laura, the extraordinary, broody craftsmanship displayed on this latest offering will be no surprise.
Continue reading LAURA RETURNS – New Music and Upcoming Shows – March 2011
Reviewer: Denis Semchenko
[Photo: Stuart Blythe]
|Concluding my adventures in Hi-Fi (Brisbane) (to paraphrase an R.E.M. album title) for the week – Sia on Thursday, Jarvis Cocker on Saturday – is a Sunday night event with a bill that looks like post-rock lover’s wet dream: Japanese celestial noise giants Mono, sublime Melbournians laura and Brisbane’s own math soundscapists Del Toro. In contrast with the packed earlier shows, there’s room to move and the alcohol-fuelled rowdiness, frequent at “name” gigs, is absent: everyone’s here to listen to MUSIC.
Continue reading Live Review: Mono, laura, Del Toro @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane 6 December 2009
Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal Wind.
After touring almost non-stop for five years, the band hibernated for over a year to focus solely on writing Hymn. The result is their most thoughtful and eclectic album to date. Written and arranged with a hopeful, romantic narrative in mind, the songs string together like chapters in an epic love story. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO’s trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up. Continue reading News: MONO (JAP) @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane 6 December 2009