Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

by Stereolab

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Overview

Stereolab's gift to the alt world may be their fluid, funky sound-collage pop, but their genius is their funky good taste. Culling the best music from their own private dictionary of coolster influences - a little Krautrock here, a dollop of lounge exotica there - they've made their weird little world seem like a paradise unto itself. On the band's new COBRA AND PHASES, the Lab shows impeccable taste in producers, bringing in post-rock dons John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke to leaven what is at once their artiest and sexiest work in years. Opening with a bit of improv space-jazz that sounds like Archie Shepp beamed forward to the year 3000, lead cut "Fuses" eventually morphs into a classic Stereolab sonic sponge bath with vocalists Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen cooing and harmonizing above an elegantly tempestuous mix. This sets the tone for a fresh take on the edgy cocktail pop sound of their 1997 outing, DOTS AND LOOPS. "Italian Shoes/Continuum" suggests keyboardist Sean O'Hagan's High Llamas at their most flowery - that is until the track abruptly turns into a robotic funk workout. "Op Hop Detonation" and "Strobo Acceleration" lay dense, electro noodling and poppy horn lines over the taught Kraut rock grooves of the band's early '90s releases. An infectious, confounding mix indeed, and another amazing album from one of Britain's finest.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2019
Label: Warp Records
UPC: 5060384616186
catalogNumber: 23
Rank: 714

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist,Group
Mary Hansen   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet,electronics,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Sean O'Hagan   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Clavinet,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano
Jim O'Rourke   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Andy Ramsay   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet,electronics,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member
Laetitia Sadier   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet,electronics,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member
Kev Hopper   Saw
John McEntire   Drums,Keyboards,Vibes
Steve Waterman   Brass
Bill Hawkes   Strings
Andy Robinson   Brass
Mark Bassey   Brass
Morgane Lhote   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet,electronics,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member
Sophie Harris   Strings
Jacqueline Norrie   Strings
Dominic Murcott   Marimbas,Vibes
Colin Crawley   Brass
Simon Johns   Bass
Brian G. Wright   Strings
Tim Gane   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet,electronics,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

Sean O'Hagan   Brass Arrangment
Jim O'Rourke   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
John McEntire   Producer,Engineer
Fulton Dingley   Producer,Engineer

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