A couple of years back, English pop eccentrics Stereolab were treated to a reissue campaign from the label 1972. Apparently, however, they weren't happy with how these repressings turned out, and they have now announced plans for a new series of retrospective releases.
Speaking with Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 6 Music, singer Laetitia Sadier confessed that the prior reissues sounded "terrible." She advised fans not to buy them, noting that the new batch of represses will be better quality.
"What I do know is we're going is that we're going to rerelease some records — all the Elektra records will be rereleased," she said. "Remastered and rereleased on properly made albums, vinyls, because there was an edition on a label called 1972 or something. They took the masters from the CDs, so of course it sounds terrible and people were complaining. So all we could say to people was, 'Don't buy them, do not buy that.'"
The band's Elektra catalogue extends from 1993's Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements to 2004's Margarine Eclipse. Stay tuned for the full details of the reissues to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Stereolab remain on hiatus, and Sadier has a new solo album slated to arrive by the end of September.
Furthermore, she recently completed a residency in Moscow in collaboration with Toulouse collective Aquaserge. They created two hours of music.
She explained, "The idea from the people who invited us was to institutionalize, so to say, indie music. Music that isn't for the purpose of numbing people's senses and intelligence, and that's not necessarily commercial either, but without being complete free jazz or contemporary music. Something in a happy middle."
Hear the interview below.
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