Stereolab have announced the details for their upcoming (and possibly last) album, Not Music.
The band worked at their studio Instant Zero in Bordeaux, France over the Summer to perfect the music. They improvised some new methods this time around, including Tim Gane laying “a series of about seventy tiny drum loops” over the mix by way of vibraphone and piano. Should be interesting. Deerhunter's Bradford Cox remixes the song "Neon Beanbag."
Not Music a raiding of the vault for Stereolab, a release of songs that were recorded in the studio while the band was creating the album Chemical Cords. Although the songs never made to release then, they'll finally see the light of day now as Not Music on November 16th via Drag City. It will be available on CD, vinyl and download.
Laetitia Sadier is also set to release a solo album on Drag City.
Last year, Stereolab decided to go on sabbatical, possibly indefinitely. With almost 20 years of existence, and lots of albums and tours, it's easy to see why they wanted to take a break.
"We are are all going to have a bit of a rest now after nearly 19 years and work on a few other projects," read the announcement on the band's web site.
"As we recently made #51 with Emperor Tomato Ketchup in the Amazon 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of all Time we feel that our work is done for the moment."
Nice to see they still have a sense of humor.
Stereolab: Not Music Track List
01 Everybody's Weird Except Me
02 Supha Jaianto
03 So Is Cardboard Clouds
05 Lelekato Sugar
06 Silver Sands
07 Two Finger Symphony
10 Sun Demon
12 Pop Molecules (Molecular Pop 2)
13 Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix)