These three simultaneously released singles were recorded in May at the bands own Instant Zero studio in France. In anticipation of an eclectic time and on realising there is effectively a mini album of material here I set about listening to them…
Firstly, ‘Kyberneticka Babicka’ parts one and two; The pulsing rhythms and softly undulating sounds bring to mind a spaced out Oompa band, The Beatles, dreamy electronica and is mesmerising in its languid sweetness. ‘Plastic Mile’ swaps between sounding warped and angelically floating. The harmonies between both the vocal parts and the instruments laid over the intricacies of the underlying melodies could easily have been messy in less accomplished hands. Instead the result is haunting and engaging. The b-side is the confusingly titled ‘I Was A Sunny Rainphase’ which is faster, like an electronic sixties boogaloo and is suddenly broken down and reconstructed which makes the track seem even more perky for its second phase.
The last of the three singles is ‘Interlock’ which has a strong funk vibe while also being ‘soft’ house. The flip side of ‘Interlock’ is the squelchingly endearing ‘Visionary Road Maps’ that has distant echoes of the Cure while remaining solidly within the Stereolab sound.
All three releases are excellent and combine a fearless innovative spirit with an inherent understanding of what actually works in a song to make the best of both those worlds.
As well as the limited 7″ release you can get these singles as digital downloads from Too Pure as well as the usual online stores.
Label : Duophonic / Too Pure
Release Date : 13 September 2005
Website : www.stereolab.co.uk
Tracklisting – Kyberneticka Babicka 7″
Tracklisting – Plastic Mile 7″
Tracklisting – Interlock 7″