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Stereolab: Plastic Mile

Stereolab - Plastic Mile

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.

RATING: ***** 4 out of 5 stars

Release Date:
September 13, 2003

Recording Label:
Too Pure / Beggars Banquet

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