13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in 2008 alongside Chemical Chords, 2010’s Not Music is a distinct release of its own. It is still very much a Stereolab album, filled with French pop (“Supah Jaianto,” “So Is Cardboard Clouds”) and weird dance-club rhythms (“Equivalences”). “Everybody’s Weird Except Me” traipses along like a piece of world music put through the Stereolab effects rack. “Laserblast” adds a few mechanical ticks to its robotic, synthetic groove. “Silver Sands (Emperor Machine Mix)” works out for ten minutes through Krautrock’s motorik through downtempo with Laetitia Sadler seducing her way across the dancefloor. Sadler is Stereolab’s not-so-secret weapon. Her soothing vocals add a touch of Parisian nightlife to everything the band produces. The manic blast of the group’s rhythmic attack surges through “Sun Demon” and “Two Finger Symphony,” and turns into a dark fuzz gait on ”Pop Molecules (Molecular Pop).” “Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix)” flows deep into the heart of ambience, with the sound of the electronic music world skittering over the edge.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in 2008 alongside Chemical Chords, 2010’s Not Music is a distinct release of its own. It is still very much a Stereolab album, filled with French pop (“Supah Jaianto,” “So Is Cardboard Clouds”) and weird dance-club rhythms (“Equivalences”). “Everybody’s Weird Except Me” traipses along like a piece of world music put through the Stereolab effects rack. “Laserblast” adds a few mechanical ticks to its robotic, synthetic groove. “Silver Sands (Emperor Machine Mix)” works out for ten minutes through Krautrock’s motorik through downtempo with Laetitia Sadler seducing her way across the dancefloor. Sadler is Stereolab’s not-so-secret weapon. Her soothing vocals add a touch of Parisian nightlife to everything the band produces. The manic blast of the group’s rhythmic attack surges through “Sun Demon” and “Two Finger Symphony,” and turns into a dark fuzz gait on ”Pop Molecules (Molecular Pop).” “Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix)” flows deep into the heart of ambience, with the sound of the electronic music world skittering over the edge.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Captscurvy ,

Refreshing

Sounds great in the hospital on morphine.

I don't usually write these, but ... ,

One week early ???

Somehow making it's way to iTunes before it's official release date ?!?!?!
Stereolab continues to make awesome background music with this new release ! Very typical fare from them, which I have absolutely no problem with !!! If you appreciate the "stereolab experience", then you'll love this album !

impacted wisdom ,

Wow! Who knew?

Far superior to Chemical Chords. Just when you thought, "What else could they do?" especially since they are on haitus, they manage to wow us again. This time there are some elements we haven't heard before from them. Part of Silver Sands has me reeling back to 1980 and dancing down at the teen disco, but with a style that is undeniably Stereolab. Very exciting!

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