Where were you twenty years ago? I’m sure some of you reading this weren’t even born yet. That makes me feel old! It’s hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since we first heard from Stereolab. Their early ep’s came inside a zip-loc bag with a hand silkscreened card and cd filled with droney-super-modern-electro-launch/bachelor pad music. They remained consistent through the 90’s; so musically consistent that they almost – that’s almost – became an also ran among other leading contemporaries of 90’s pop gazers (My Bloody Valentine, Saint Etienne, Lush, Pulp.) Like Saint Etienne, Stereolab entered Y2K as version 2.0 and dove head first in to a more lush, electronic sound; but still 100% Stereolab. The change is what has probably kept them on the map. Through tragedy and setbacks, they are still considered widely to be among the influential pop bands from the last century!
Not Music will be Stereolab’s like 80th album. The title perhaps references the point that this is more recycled material than new as most of it was recorded three and four years ago. If the new song “Sun Demon” is is any indication, Not Music will be a great way to celebrate twenty years of truly amazing turn of the century pop.
Download “Sun Demon” from our friends over at RCRD LBL.
Also check out (and download) the AMAZING Stereolab Remix of Serena Maneesh’s D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D. after the jump.