The culmination of four years writing and editing, Anjou marks the ﬁrst collaboration between Labradfordʼs Robert Donne and Mark Nelson since the release of that groupʼs 'ﬁxed:context' LP. Combining modular synthesis, Max / MSP programming and live instrumentation, Anjou deftly weaves noise with gentle ambience and melody with texture. Guitar, bass and Steven Hessʼ (Locrian, Fennesz, Pan American) live percussion give the eight pieces an immediacy and create a framework for the more abstract sounds of digital and analog synth programming. The product of twenty plus years of friendship, Anjou is reﬁned and challenging. An extension of the Labradford sound-world but no mere victory lap, Anjou represents Donne and Nelson stepping out and forward, their eyes ﬁrmly focusing on the future.