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Library Science: The Chancellor

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What do you get when you mix disco, reggae, psychedelic, electronica and synth-pop music? A flaming ball of weird called Library Science. The trio released their second album, The Chancellor, at the end of 2007 on Happi Tyme Records. Library Science's music is fueled not only by guitars, drums and keyboards but also trumpets, accordions, glockenspiel and other noises hard to label. The album starts out grating on the first track or two but becomes a much more solid composition later on. Some tracks sound like they belong in a Nintendo video game and they all rely heavily on reverb and echo in every song. What sets Library Science apart is the technical aspect. Their live shows use three-and-a-half miles of wiring and cabling as well as three projector screens with homemade animation, a fog machine and some huge number of LED lights. They are a band meant to be seen live. You can go to YouTube to find concert footage, which ranges from entertaining to downright trippy. The cover art on The Chancellor explains a lot. The music is well represented by the cover's blindingly bright colors and strange characters. It's music that makes for a good background soundtrack when cleaning, driving or otherwise distracted, but it's not really something to sit down and listen to. It seems incomplete without the mildly hallucinogenic visual aspect. I'd pass by the album but wouldn't want to miss a chance to see Library Science live.

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