Labradford ‎– A Stable Reference

Kranky ‎– KRANK 006, Kranky ‎– KRANK006
CD, Album


1 Mas 4:32
2 El Lago 5:29
3 Streamlining 4:44
4 Banco 5:03
5 Eero 6:50
6 Balanced On It's Own Flame 4:02
7 Star City, Russia 5:03
8 Comfort 6:14
9 SEDR 77 4:07

Companies, etc.



Recorded and mixed at The American University.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): DADR 1M513<7105>KRANK006
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L483
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8149

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Labradford A Stable Reference(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Kranky none Unknown
KRANK 006, KRANK006 Labradford A Stable Reference(CD, Album) Kranky, Kranky KRANK 006, KRANK006 US Unknown Sell This Version
KRANK 006 LP Labradford A Stable Reference(LP, Gre) Kranky KRANK 006 LP US 1995 Sell This Version
FNCD329 Labradford A Stable Reference(CD, Album) Flying Nun Records FNCD329 UK 1995 Sell This Version
FN329 Labradford A Stable Reference(LP, Ltd, RE) Flying Nun Records FN329 UK 1995 Sell This Version



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November 17, 2013

Dark, brooding, layers of drones, synths, bass, feedback and low end rumbles at the time sounding only similar to maybe NZ's Surface of the Earth. Much less "structured" than their '93 debut, Stable Reference was the recording that really caught my attention. Track's like "Eero" resemble black holes. Something like "Balanced on its own flame" bounce a heavily reverbed and slowed Slint bass adding nearly identifiable vocals topped with the lightest touches of over the top synth swirls and a bit of guitar. All the necessary ingredients to make me dizzy while seated. The album's recurring bass line theme is one that literally frightens me in my dreams. An absolutely essential Kranky release.