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The side project of Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, Monade continues in a dreamlike glaze of French pop. Album number three, 2008’s Monstre Cosmic, began as a conscious attempt to write an entire album as if it were one long track that never repeats a melodic theme but instead meanders like a river. Sadler maintains this was achieved for the individual tracks “Lost Language” and “Invitation” (it’s debatable), however, practical concerns and a shifting cast of musicians altered the album’s eventual outcome and the songs do feature proper repeating hooks and other recurring themes. Sadler mostly relies on Monade mainstay keyboardist and guitarist Nicolas Etienne and Stereolab multi-instrumentalist Joe Watson to orchestrate (with help from the Bordeaux Conservatoire) and color this Technicolor world that isn’t far removed from the basic Stereolab floor plan. (“Etoile,” “Elle Topo” and “Messe Joyeuse” are highlights.) Additional tracks came together in a spontaneous collaboration with a musician collective from Toulouse that weave seamlessly into the Monade fabric.

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Solid. A great advancement and achievement for Laetitia & Co.

OK first. Her name is Laetitia Sadier. Not Sadler. Now, I will begin by saying this is a beautiful record. I am a huge admirer of Laetitia. In the past, I would also compare previous Monade efforts to the solid work of Stereolab masterpieces such as the perfect (Dots and Loops) or the first record following the death of Mary Hansen (Margerine Eclipse). I could hear that Monade was obviously still a group in development. However with 'Monstre Cosmique', Monade is confident, fully realised and fine-tuned. While songs such as 'Elle Topo' and 'Invitation' hearken back to the best moments of the glory years of Stereolab (of whom I also am a big fan). They also show progression and surpass the somewhat stagnant sound of recent Stereolab efforts by showcasing Laetitia's solid guitar playing (something missing from co-writer/arranger Tim Gane's disco-tinged approach on recent Stereolab outings). I know how much Monade means to Laetitia. This is really her baby. I am so proud for her and her great achievement. Congratulations and Merci, Laetitia.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

One of Stereolab's many spin-offs and side projects, Monade (pronounced mon-ard) originally featured Laetitia Sadier and Pram's Rosie Cuckston. The duo began collaborating in the mid-'90s, and Sadier recorded the first Monade tracks in 1996 at Pram's studio, with Cuckston playing and also helping to engineer the session. Some of these tracks were released by Duophonic as the Sunrise Telling and Witch Hazel/Ode to a Keyring singles. Sadier continued to record at Stereolab's own studio without Cuckston,...
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