Stereolab — „Electrically Possessed [Switched On Volume 4]“ (Feb. 26, 2021)

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I když je vždy důležité kriticky zkoumat hudbu, je stejně užitečné se jednoduše posadit, stisknout tlačítko Play a celý zbylý svět vypnout. To je jistě případ vstupu do světa Stereolab. Jedinou povinností posluchače je následovat cestu, kterou pro nás položili a nechat se úplně zahalit hudbou, třikrát kliknout na paty, když se potřebujete vrátit do reality. Možná právě zde se hudební kritici před dvaceti lety skazili, sami nedokázali a masám lidí nedovolili uvěřit v kouzlo Stereolabu.
Outer Bongolia, Intervals, Barock~Plastic, Nomus Et Phusis, I Feel The Air (Of Another Planet), Household Name and Retrograde Mirro Form originally released as The First Of The Microbe Hunters 29th May 2000 on Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks, catalogue number D~UHF~D25 as double vinyl [6.500 copies pressed] and CD [12.000 copies pressed] editions.
Jump Drive Shut~Out and Solar Throwaway were originally released 10th April 2006 as a 7” tour single via Duophonic Super 45s. Catalogue number DS~4538. 3.600 copies were pressed. Solar Throw~Away (Original Version) was unreleased at the time.
Explosante Fixe and L’exotisme Interieur were originally released September 2008 as a 7” tour single via Duophonic Super 45s. Catalogue number DS45~43. 2.000 copies were pressed.
The Super~It, Fried Monkey Eggs [Instrumental], Fried Monkey Eggs [Vocal] and Monkey Jelly originally released as The Underground Is Coming 7” tour EP via Duophonic UHF Disks and cut at 33rpm. Catalogue number D~UHF~D24. Monkey Jelly [Beats] was unreleased at the time.
B.U.A was written for a further collaboration with Charles Long [Stereolab had previously worked with him on Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center in 1995] and is previously unreleased. The artwork is called B.U.A. [Burnt Umber Assembly] : An Entanglement of Wholes [1998].
Free Witch And No~Bra Queen and Speck~Voice were originally released 31st August 2001 as a 7” tour single via Duophonic Super 45s. Catalogue number DS45~30. 2.000 copies were pressed.
Variation One was written for a film soundtrack and compilation CD for “Moog”, a documentary about Robert Moog. Originally released 14th September 2004 via Hollywood Records.
Dimension M2 was written for the Disko Cabine CD compilation, released in June 2005.
Calimero was originally released July 1999 via Duophonic Super 45s. Catalogue number DS45~25. A collaborative 7” release between Brigitte Fontaine and Stereolab. The B side was Cache Cache by Monade. A total of 4.100 vinyl copies were pressed [1.800 on white vinyl and 2.300 on black vinyl], there was also a CD edition of 7.076 copies.
Pandora’s Box of Worms — an unreleased outtake from the Dots and Loops album sessions. Heavy Denim Loop Pt. 2 — an unreleased outtake from the Mars Audiac Quintet album sessions.
“An entry point to their motorik soundworld.”
Stereolab are reissuing Volumes 1~3 of their Switched On compilation on vinyl, this September via Duophonic UHF Disks.
Formed by duo Lætitia Sadier and Tim Gane, the group boasted a line~up which shifted through 15 musicians during its 19~year existence.
1992’s Switched On, 1995’s Refried Ectoplasm [Switched on Volume 2] and 1998’s Aluminum Tunes [Switched on Volume 3] have all been remastered for this new reissue.
The 48~track Volume 1~3 collection will be released on clear vinyl in a 6xLP set, which contains a 24”x 24” poster and 6” x 6” sticker sheet; each album will also be available individually.Stereolab (1994)
Location: London, England
Album release: Feb. 26, 2021
Record Label: Duophonic/Warp
Duration:     103:24     
01. Outer Bongolia   9:30 
02. Intervals   4:39 
03. Barock~Plastic   3:17 
04. Nomus Et Phusis   4:24 
05. I Feel The Air {Of Another Planet}   8:12 
06. Household Names   3:43 
07. Retrograde Mirror Form   6:46
08. Solar Throw~Away [Original version]   3:06 
09. Pandora’s Box Of Worms   2:16 
10. L’exotisme Interieur   3:23 
11.  The Super It   3:51 
12. Jump Drive Shut~Out   2:43 
13. Explosante Fixe   4:26 
14. Fried Monkey Eggs
[Instrumental version]   2:08 
15. Monkey Jelly   1:54
16. B.U.A   4:51 
17. Free Witch and No Bra Queen   4:45 
18. Heavy Denim Loop Pt  2:55 
19. Variation One   4:01 
20. Monkey Jelly
[Beats]   1:54 
21. Dimension M2   4:04 
22. Solar Throw~Away   4:00 
23. Calimero   6:26 
24. Fried Monkey Eggs
[Vocal]   2:08 
25. Speck Voice   5:02

Pro všechny fanoušky Stereolabu, kteří potřebují připomenout, že pro jejich vývoj a dozrávání ve způsobech práce byly jejich singly stejně důležité, jako jejich celovečerní alba — „Switched On, Vols. 1~3“ poskytuje dostatečné důkazy. Toto remasterované vydaní sbírek singlů a rarit z 90. let představuje některé z jejich definitivních písní a rozšiřují jejich rané uznání, možná i poctu pro Velvet Underground. Ale také poctu pro Burt Bacharacha, a Françoise Hardy. (Alespoň dle Stephana Daveta z francouzských novin Monde). Band totiž vždy kombinoval vliv krautrocku, lounge a 1960s pop music. Na tomto čtyřalbu nalezneme eklektičtější a sofistikovanější experimentální pop, který Stereolab přinesl v hlavním období čtvrtého alba „Emperor Tomato Ketchup“ (March 8, 1996), až do konce desetiletí. Na skladbách „Super~Electric“ (October 1992) a „Au Grand Jour“ (taktéž), znovu potvrzuje, že základní zvuk Stereolabu — tzv. Motorik opakované groovy, bublinkující analogové synthy, fuzzy~out kytary a andělské vokály — „Doubt“ (2.) a „Brittle“ (5.) poskytují skutečné vibrace, patří k nejživějším popovým písním skupiny, zatímco osmiminutová „Contact“ (8:17) je zahřívačka na epiku, kterou kapela  brzy zvládla. „The Light That Will Cease to Fail/Světlo, které přestane fungovat“ je další flák vhodný k ovacím vestoje, s Lætitií Sadier a Ginou Morris. Tady jsou jiné atributy: „propletené hlasy předzvěstí krásného vokálního souhvězdí s Mary Hansen, kterou Stereolan brzy přizval do skupiny (album „Space Age Bachelor Pad Music“/22 March 1993). „Switched On“ shromažďuje skladby ze zaneprázdněného roku 1991, „Refled Ectoplasm: Switched On, Vol. 2“ pokrývá další dva roky jejich kariéry. 800 x 533 Laetia Sadier (Stereolab) at , Pitchfork Festival 2019Review
By Daniel Sylvester ⌊Feb 22, 20216 Feb 2021⌋ Score: 7
Just months after the release of their 1992 debut full~length, Peng!, Stereolab were already collecting odds and ends, collecting early 7~inches and EPs for their Switched On compilation. Over the next six years, the eclectic avant~pop band would put out two more highly~regarded and beloved additions to their Switched On series, proving that they were utterly incapable of putting out bad music during the ’90s.
Electrically Possessed [Switched On Volume 4], picks up from where 1998’s Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3] left off. Covering Stereolab’s least~celebrated era, the 25~track, 104~minute compilation spans the years between 1999’s Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night and their final proper studio release, 2008’s Chemical Chords. The first 40 minutes — dedicated to The First of the Microbe Hunters, an EP from 2000 that was mostly maligned by critics upon its release — hasn’t exactly improved with age aside from the rubbery, melodic standout “Household Names.”
After those seven tracks, the compilation jumps around from era to era, pairing tracks like the magnificent IDM~influenced 2006 single “Solar Throw~Away (Original Version)” with the jagged, icy instrumental “Pandora’s Box of Worms” (the album’s only unreleased track) and the late~career throwback B~side “L’exotisme Interieur” before retreating to the swirling synth sound of the 1999 A~side “The Super It.” Although these timeline leaps mess with the album’s overall flow, there’s nonetheless plenty of gems to be found, as the skittering electronic bleeps of “B.U.A” (a hard~to~find track only used in a ’98 museum exhibition), blends Stereolab’s experimental sonic adventures with vocalist Lætitia Sadier’s lovely penchant for melody, while the dancefloor~ready propulsion of the 2005 France~only release, “Dimension M2,” stands firmly as one of the band’s long~lost classics.
Despite the fact that the compilation completely omits their six excellent 7~inch singles released between 2005 and 2006 (already compiled on 2006’s Fab Four Suture), it’s surprising to see that this sprawling collection offers no real throwaways, as demos, live cuts and BBC Radio sessions are smartly omitted, something that has weighed down similar compilations put out by their peers. That said, there’s a fair share of material here that’s simply uninspired, as tracks like “Explosante Fixe” and “Monkey Jelly” rehash the same ideas that sank the last few Stereolab albums.
Although it may stand as the frailest of the Switched On series (so far, at least — the band have teased that a Volume 5 is on its way), Electrically Possessed contains some of their most daring, buoyant and surprisingly solid set of songs, framing Stereolab as a band who managed to stay adventurous and weird right to the end.
Zara Hedderman, February 25th, 2021 09:17:
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