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Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On, Vol. 2)

Stereolab

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Album Review

Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On, Vol. 2 collects 13 singles and rarities Stereolab released between 1992 and 1995, and it is far more than a mere oddities collection. More than any other album, Refried Ectoplasm charts Stereolab's astonishing musical growth between those three years, and offers several definitive songs — including "Lo Boob Oscillator," "French Disko," and "John Cage Bubblegum" — not available on any album. While such items are essential for collectors, the quality and accessibility of the music is very strong, showcasing Stereolab's complexity and providing an excellent introduction to the group.

Customer Reviews

Refried!

Stereolab's got a great loungy electronic euro-pop sound that's like frolicking in a big bubble bath with a dozen cocktails and a couple caps.

If you like Pamplemoose or Nataly Dawn, she's got the same cool voice but the music is much better here.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining an inclination for melodic '60s pop with an art rock aesthetic borrowed from Krautrock bands like Faust and Neu!, Stereolab were one of the most influential alternative bands of the '90s. Led by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, Stereolab either legitimized forms of music that were on the fringe of rock, or brought attention to strands of pop music — bossa nova, lounge-pop, movie soundtracks — that were traditionally banished from the rock lineage. The group's trademark sound —...
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