In the first “TAKE MY MONEY” moment of 2019 for me personally, it has been recently announced that Stereolab is back! They are releasing reissues of their back catalogue, as well as launching a new tour! This was a shock to me after they announced their “hiatus” back in 2009. But as with many bands, after a 10-year break, they are returning and I am pleased!
This band has changed lineups quite a bit over the years, but the core is made up of Tim Gane (multi-instrumentalist) and Laetitia Sadier (singer/songwriter). Since 2009, both have gone off and done their own things— Gane’s Caverns of Anti-Matter, and Laetitia Sadier’s Source Ensemble. Both met back in the day with Gane’s band McCarthy, after which they formed “the groop.” Ten albums, and a few compilations later, they have produced a discography that is considered one of the most influential in the industry.
To say that I am a fan is an understatement— I LOVE THIS GROOP! This is the only band that I’ve seen multiple times in concert. I have all of their albums, many of their 7” tour vinyls, CDs of their side projects (Turn On is one of my faves)…these folks are the shit!
This is my go-to listening whenever I am writing, editing video, or drawing. Their music always has a way of tapping into that sweet spot that allows me to zone into what I’m doing.
If I were to recommend individual albums, “Dots and Loops” is my writing album, as well as their “Aluminum Tunes” (the 3rd Switched On compilation). My first album of theirs is “The Groop Played Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music,” which was immediately followed by “Mars Audiac Quintet.” I remember people discovering them when “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” came out— which is probably their most well-known album. I would also recommend “Sound Dust” and “Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night.” Some would argue that their earlier work, “Transient Random Noise-Bursts with Announcements” or “Peng” would be their best, and they are good…but I prefer the evolution into the more polished and grandiose stuff— I think “Dots and Loops” was the album that took them to a new place.
For a broad overview of their work, check out the Spotify playlist I put together below.