Stereolab "Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On Vol. 2" 2xLP

Stereolab "Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On Vol. 2" 2xLP

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"Singles and splits documented a band’s between-albums evolution during the 1990s. These compilations, remastered and reissued, reveal that process for one of the era’s most innovative groups. In 1993, Stereolab shifted into overdrive, releasing three major works before 1994 was up. The Groop Played 'Space Age Batchelor Pad Music' is a mini-LP with a dreamy mood. Their sophomore album, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements, is heavier than its predecessor. Mars Audiac Quintet, their third, is the crown jewel of their early, motorik phase. Released 11 months after Mars, the collection Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2) captures the run-up to that peak. Stereolab are clearly testing the proportions of their sound, balancing the rough, the smooth, and the sly. 'Harmonium'—a 1992 single by the power trio of Gane, Sadier, and Dilworth—is a grinding slab of maximalist minimalism in full Suicide mode. 'Lo Boob Oscillator,' a 1993 Sub Pop single by a six-piece, marries crisp 1960s pop hooks to metronomic drumming and coruscating drones. They’re sometimes refreshingly straightforward here. On 'Revox,' they pummel away, channeling their live intensity through chords that shift up and down, like the gearbox of a sports car hugging mountainous curves. But Refried Ectoplasm also documents Stereolab at their experimental best. The 14-minute 'Animal or Vegetable [A Wonderful Wooden Reason...],' a collaboration with British avant-garde trickster Nurse With Wound, begins with several minutes of backmasked vocals. It veers into dirge-like psychedelic stomp before ending with an explosion of haywire musique concrète—gunfire, barnyard animals, rehearsal tapes spit out by a malfunctioning machine." - Pitchfork