Despite Parts & Labor‘s wilfully berserk quest for sonic experimentation through a barrage of malfunctioning electronic beeps and squeals, they still understand that underneath it all, the song is still king. Tracks like ‘The Gold We’re Digging‘ and ‘Vision Of Repair‘ display a commendable quest to search out new sounds and unpredictable structures and grooves.
Yet at the heart of each song is a melodic sensibility that betrays teenage years reared on a diet of classic Husker Du, Sonic Youth and the Minutemen (covering here D Boon’s brilliant anti-war spiel ‘King Of The Hill‘) that stops ‘Mapmaker‘ short of becoming art for arts sake.
Hailing from Brooklyn, this New York art-heads successfully walk the line between musical experimentation and killer melodic hooks with ease making them a challenging and joyful listen. A UK tour is in the works. Don’t miss it.