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Booklover
Booklover
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"Not music" review

"Chemical Chords came out in 2008 and the following year their manager pretty much signalled the end of the band with the news that they were taking an indefinite ‘hiatus’. So this new release (which appears to have been recorded at the same time as the last album) could well be their last will and testament. If that’s the case it would be a real shame as ‘Not Music’ generally sees the group on fine form. Opening with an archetypal ‘lab track ‘Everybody’s Weird Except Me’ (female harmonies, vintage keyboards, slightly spaced out percussion) it’s clearly business as unusual. Perhaps that’s the problem though? Maybe after 19 years of creating ultra cool soundtracks to films that don’t exist the band feels its work is done? Certainly there’s an incredibly distinctive Stereolab sound which, if you were feeling critical, you could point out was a little samey after a while. Laititia Sadier’s vocal too, with that sub zero French accent that could make The Birdy Song sound cool, is the very model of understatement. But there are still more than enough musical diversions on this album to keep you engaged. Supah Jaianto for example (see what I mean about those song titles?) features a funky mid song break with pounding drums and tight stabs of brass. Elsewhere the epic Silver Sounds (Emperor Machine Mix)...all 10 minutes 21 seconds of it...sets off on a Krautrock highway to heaven using what could well be synths won from the Human League in a late night game of canasta. Here too there are changes of pace/gear though, with little flourishes (it almost goes Latin at one point) that make you sit up and take notice. Retro yet futuristic it’s the sound of a band that still knows how to have fun, albeit with an arched eyebrow.

Fittingly the album ends with Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix) a driving dreamy drone featuring fractured female vocals punctuated with some wild oscillating background noise...wheeeohhhhahhhheeee. It’s wilfully obtuse. As leftfield as that field to the left of the field on the far left. And, if it really is the last thing that ever comes out of the ‘lab, I can think of no finer epitaph. Cool. "

Taken from

http://thehearingaid.blogspot.com/2010/08/stereolab-not-music.html

Sep 09, 2010, 02:47


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flatironsteak
flatironsteak
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Um hate people using 'samey' to describe thing.
"Opening with an archetypal ‘lab track ‘Everybody’s Weird Except Me’ (female harmonies, vintage keyboards, slightly spaced out percussion)" -that sounds a description of songs from other bands too.
By the way is the album already out?

Sep 09, 2010, 07:19


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flatironsteak
flatironsteak
341 posts

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stereolab's songs are all samey to non-fans but not at all to those who love them.

Sep 09, 2010, 07:21


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Booklover
Booklover
680 posts

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They just do what they can do best

Most can't succeed even in that

Sep 09, 2010, 07:33


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jeff w
jeff w
684 posts

Re: Not Music

flatironsteak wrote:

By the way is the album already out?


No, but it has leaked (presumably because some promo copies have been sent out)

Sep 09, 2010, 11:29


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Kazak
Kazak
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Want.

Sep 09, 2010, 12:55


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matthew6
matthew6
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Booklover wrote:
Certainly there’s an incredibly distinctive Stereolab sound which, if you were feeling critical, you could point out was a little samey after a while.


Samey? Maybe in the sense of creating interesting and dynamic music.

Sep 09, 2010, 17:13


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s_lush_s
s_lush_s
7383 posts

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That wasn't very informative. I think that person just listened to two tracks maybe three then wrote that piece. Obviously focusing on the trendy colabs and of naturally the opening track. Then throwing in a generalization about stereolabs shocking similarity to themselves. Then the ending kiss-off where the subverter wishes them a swan song. asshole.

Sep 09, 2010, 18:44


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meanchico
meanchico
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yeah...asshole fer sure. he can't even spell Laetitia's name correctly. >.<

Sep 09, 2010, 18:46


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Booklover
Booklover
680 posts

Re: Not Music

oh, has it?

Sep 09, 2010, 19:12

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