Initially I was shocked when I pressed play on the new Parts & Labor album. Where was the drone, the feedback, the dirty dirty bass sound. This sounded polished was unlike anything I'd heard on Stay Afraid, an album which has been on constant rotation for me since I became aware of this amazing, innovative band. To say I was taken aback would be a little bit of an understatement. I was disappointed and a little bit upset. However when the album finished I pressed play again, I repeated this action several more times throughout the day and the genius of this band was revealed to me again and again and again as I picked apart the music contained within. The sound is cleaner than previous P&L albums which is what initially put me off before I realized that it's not a bad thing at all as they are still able to bring the noise when it's necessary. This is most evident on  Satellites which when it begins calls to mind fellow Brooklynites Oneida with it's floaty, ethereal vocals and single organ riff repeating over and over before building  into a rolling beast of a song. Building up walls of noise before bringing it all crashing back down into a crazy freak out ending. The 'blame' for this could rest on the shoulders of the two new members; guitarist Sarah Lipstate and drummer Joe Wong. They were drafted in to add an extra layer of sound and because the previous drummer left the band. Whatever the reason, Parts & Labor have managed to craft an album which manages to move on from their usual style while keeping their sonic identity. It's instantly recognizable while sounding different to their previous work, which is no mean feat. They've also been able to incorporate samples of music which have been sent in by their fans. They asked them to send in any sounds they wanted and surely enough all of them turn up on the album in one way shape or form. It all adds to the rich tapestry of sounds woven into this album and proves what accomplished musicians they are.