The Ladybug Transistor’s Albemarle Sound
Yet another band under the collective “Elephant 6” label, The Ladybug Transistor goes against the grain of it’s breathren who use the mid to late psychedelic sounds of the 60’s as a template; they set out to exactly replicate them.
To write them off for this fact would be a shame because this album in particular is a blast! They choose Burt Bacharach and pre-Pet Sounds Brian Wilson as their primary influences which at the time were not considered that fashionable…yet. So one could say that they were ahead of the curve to a degree, joining the ranks of Sean O’ Hagen (Stereolab & The High Llamas) and setting themselves apart from their contemporaries in Elephant 6 such as Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples In Stereo.
The afore mentioned comparisons disappear about three songs in due to the obvious love and craftmanship these dude’s put into this recording. Give it a chance and it’ll transport you to a place that is completely out of touch with the times but feels oddly fresh and modern. It’s a neat little record barely over 35 minutes long but one that will linger with you long after the last track.
And if you’re wondering about that weird album title, it’s actually on the map!