Stereolab - Not Music (4 stars)

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Stereolab - Not Music

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Stereolab once released a record called ‘Stunning Debut Album’. It was neither their debut, nor an album. You can therefore rest easy that Not Music – the motorik-pop voyagers’ twelfth long-player – is entitled with a similarly cool approach to verity.

While it’s no great departure from the beloved London-based group’s unmistakable sound (vintage keys, astral beats, chanson-on-ice), Not Music boasts some fine brass theatrics (‘Supha Jaianto’) and an interstellar krautrock wig-out (‘Silver Sands’).

Stereolab announced a recording hiatus last year. (These tracks date from 2007). Let us hope they’re as wry with their proclamations as they are with their record names.

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