Stereolab Kick Off Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Published Mar 29, 2012Despite releasing Not Music in 2010, for all intents and purposes, eclectic English pop unit Stereolab have been on hiatus since 2009. Since band manager Mike Pike explained that "there are no plans to record new tracks" -- despite what singer Laetitia Sadier later told Exclaim! -- it's not surprising to learn the group have decided to revisit their back catalogue with a couple vinyl re-releases.
A press release explains that reissue house 1972 will offer up two new double-LP pressings of some early Stereolab classics on May 15. First up is the act's 1993 effort Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements, which was originally issued through Elektra. The album was notable for "expanding the scope of their highly distinctive mix of one-chord Krautrock grooves, distorted vintage keyboard noise and Euro-pop," by adding touches of samba and '50s and '60s kitsch into their sound.
Also arriving on May 15 is a newly minted version of the act's next Elektra album, 1994's Mars Audiac Quintet, which further developed the group's fascination with lounge and retro-pop with tracks like "Fiery Yellow" and "Ping Pong."
Tracklistings have yet to appear for either, but judging by the press sheets, these should be straight-up represses with no extra goodies. It's also unclear at this point whether 1972 will explore more of Stereolab's output.