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The second in the series of three singles from Stereolab.
2005 is the year Stereolab returned the true
soul of their music to their fans, we just don't know
it collectively yet. They are becoming bombastic with
all of these releases: singles in triplicate, retroactive
4 disc compilations, new material.
And so it is with the Plastic Mile single.
Two songs in total - Plastic Mile and I
Was A Sunny Rainphrase. Plastic Mile starts
out like some kind of French new wave sonification.
It's very reminiscent of the days of Emperor Tomato
Ketchup, giving us alternating verses that make
sound a little bit like the groop is alternating between
2 songs at the same time. There is the stable song
structure we have come to know from Stereolab,
moogy keyboards, steady progression, retro-futurism.
Lataetia's vocals floating over the music like
it was an instrument of its own.
I Was A Sunny Rainphrase is another great
example of this, with a little bit more of a choppy
rythym and a phased-out chorus sound on the keyboards.
This one sounds more like a Cobra and Phases Group
Play Voltage in the Milky Night era Stereolab
or maybe even Sound-Dust.