For the first time since 2001, Labradford’s Mark Nelson and Robert Donne are back together as Anjou. Joined by percussionist extraordinaire Steven Hess (Fennesz, Cleared, Locrian). Anjou’s sonic bedrock largely consists of wavering ribbons of syrupy synth pads. But where Nelson’s earlier records used distended drones in service of songs, Anjou aims for something far more alien, which helps set them further apart from contemporaries like A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Anjou is similarly thrifty and minimal in its instrumental and tonal choices (much like the legendary Labradford), but with the addition of Hess’ floor tom fire bombs and delirious, kaleidoscopic noise bursts, Anjou have given drive and new purpose to their iconic opiated sound.