Genre: Indie Rock/Experimental/Krautrock/Lounge Pop
Label: Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks
This one, the bands second album is a masterpiece. It was released in August 1993, and recorded in the spring the same year at Blackwing Studios, the studio was located in a deconsecrated church in London, UK.
On the 9th of October 1995 a new friend that I had just met through work asked me if I wanted to go to a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, there was a band that I never heard of before called Stereolab that would play. I trusted his music taste so I came along, and talk about making the right choice. Holy crap where they good, hypnotic, repetitive, dreamy and just beautiful. To this day that concert is in my top 10, and I’ve been to hundreds. Well, the next day I went out to buy everything or anything I could find. The only album I found was ”Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2)” which to this day is my favourite Stereolab album, but it’s kind of cheating since it’s a compilation of different 7”.
So if we take a proper studio album, then this one right here is my all time favourite. The band’s second studio album. I love each and every one of these tracks, but if I would have a gun to my head, then I choose the opening tracks beautiful dreamy tones,”Tone burst”. The monotone fuzz of ”Our Trenton blast”, the calm summer day beautiful feel of “Pak yr romantic mind”, the amazing Spacemen 3ish “Golden Ball” and of course the grinding monotone “Jenny Ondioline”. Okay, that makes five tracks, but WTF, I’m only human!
The new 3-LP version released by Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks contains the album on two records and on the last one we get extramaterial such as demo recordings and different mixes. A must have!
Band background information from wikipedia:
Stereolab are an English-French avant-pop band formed in London in 1990. Led by the songwriting team of Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, the group’s music combines influences from krautrock, lounge and 1960s pop music, often incorporating a repetitive motorik beat with heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards and female vocals sung in English and French. On stage, they play in a more feedback-driven and guitar-oriented style; the band also draw from funk, jazz and Brazilian music, and were one of the first artists to be dubbed “post-rock”. They are regarded among the most innovative and influential groups of the 1990s.
Amazing video from this era of my absolute favourite Stereolab track “French Disko”, only released as a 7″ and on compilation albums.
And here’s an amateur filmed concert from Philadeplphia in 1993, just so you can get the feel of the band live around that time.