Stereolab, Le Loup, Monade Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. 2008

Guitarist Tim Gane uses Stereolab as a sort of workshop to tinker with ideas lifted from the music he loves, and few bands have ever gotten so much mileage out of an eclectic record collection. Their latest, Chemical Chords (4AD), is yet another elegant elaboration of their well-documented fusion—Krautrock, exotica, chanson, psychedelia—except the songs are uncharacteristically concise and hookier than anything else the band’s done. In interviews Gane has mentioned the Motown sound as a blueprint for the record, and you can actually hear a bit of that influence in the meticulous, upbeat arrangements. But beneath the tunes’ glossy pop exteriors dances a busy symphonic bricolage of sound and rhythm—vibraphone, piano, strings, horns—and as usual Stereolab makes everything work perfectly, both at the level of the song and at the level of each note. —Peter Margasak

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