Friday, 16 January 2009

Albums you don't own : Episode One, Stereolab "Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements"

Stereolab at perhaps their most uncompromising. Or raw. Perhaps I mean raw. Packed, of course, with the usual, gorgous Laetitia Sadier driven vocal harmonies but here they compete against massive layers of sound. Crunchy guitars. Thumpy base. Weird feedback shit and distorted comptuters. And, of course, this being Stereolab, lots of moog.

At 18:08 Jenny Ondioline comes in as comfortably the longest Stereolab track I own but at 49 characters the title of the album itself is only the second longest, the record held by "Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night". But whereas in there, and in other S. albums, the mometum is driven by synths and inventive percusion, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements it's the guitar that takes the lead, with the moog playing catch up. This is the character that gives the album a more abrasive edge than subsequent, more stylistic, S. efforts. and just as Lock-Groove Lullaby, the final track, is about to lull you off to sleep, it takes a left turn and you wake up with a bang.

Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements brash, bold and agressive, where even the more melodic moments such as "Pack Yr Romatic Mind" have sudden, unexpected Grungy guitar riffs. This was 1993, after all. But this is record wasn't thrown together by 3 kids in garage. Not even a double garage. There are layers here. Wall of sound? This is a Berlin Wall of sound. Try listening to it with sub-standard headphones. Make's you're brain's leek out of you're ear's.

I may have "The following signal is recorded equally on both channels but is out-of-phase" on my gravestone, just for the pub quiz question.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

your a stuck up loser.