Stereolab’s Morgane Lhote Premieres ‘God(d) Of Thunder Vs. Sukia’ from Debut Hologram Teen LP
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FOCUS TRACKS: Post-Apocalypteacakes, Tracksuit Minotaur, Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix), Magique Afrique, Bartók in C, God(d) Of Thunder Vs. Sukia
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“Fun from start to finish” – Pure M Magazine
“Treads the line between The Fear and The Funk” – Electronic Sound Magazine
“Delightful techno with interesting changeups and clever effects all in the right places. Fun and bouncy, parsimoniously perplexing and gyrating. More please” – Overblown Magazine
“An insistent beat propels happy electronics through a kaleidoscope of subtly changing rainbow starlight, ultimately landing in a dayglo ether’ – Big Takeover Magazine
“Crunky whirling, sometimes dark, but always fun musical path chocked full of electronic motorik disco” – The Spill Magazine
Hologram Teen is the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, known to many for her work as long-term keyboard player in the seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab. Morgane recorded and performed with the band during their imperial phase between 1995 and 2001, when they released a series of career defining albums including ‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’. Later on, she did a stint in The Projects and, from 2005, played in Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco before starting the Hologram Teen project. Having lived in Paris, NYC and London, she has since settled in LA, where she produces her current project.
“With this first LP, I wanted to create the soundtrack to the trippiest horror movie ever, and combine the scary and the absurd, through a very tongue in cheek aesthetic both musically and visually. For this project, I decided to experiment with adding live instruments, such as bass, drums, and strings, instead of or in conjunction with electronic instruments on some tracks. It was especially interesting to merge both musical feels and textures into one cohesive narrative,” says Morgane Lhote.
“I also had a strong sense of what the music should “look like” as shown on the LP’s cover design: Disco Démon was always going to be the main protagonist in a mish-mash of Jean-Claude Forest’s comics meets neon loudness meets the movie poster to ‘The Warriors’ and ‘Le frisson des vampires’”.
The Polytechnic Youth label started in 2014 when a friend of the owner invested his savings in a vinyl-cutting lathe directly from its “inventor” in Germany. The label was hugely inspired by the key period of 1978-82 minimal synth and DIY electronic scene; and the private press nature of several essential releases which were often adorned in photocopied sleeves, stapled, created at home affairs that, more often than not contained incredible, groundbreaking music.
“This is a very filmic, hugely adventurous full length – perhaps a slight departure from previous output on Polytechnic Youth, but all the better for it,” says Dom Martin, label boss at Polytechnic Youth. “And with titles like ‘Roller Lover Doppelganger’, ‘Tracksuit Minotaur’ and ‘Lesbian Death Drums’, what’s not to like?!”
‘Between The Funk and The Fear’ will be released on October 2nd. The vinyl issue is limited to 500 copies and can be ordered from Polytechnic Youth direct at email@example.com, from Morgane Lhote directly for orders within the USA, and from various stores throughout the UK and select European distributors. In the UK, the album will be available from Norman Records, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Resident Records, Heyday Mailorder, One Nation Distro, and Friendly Records (Bristol). In Europe, it will be distributed via Clear Spot Distro, HHV Berlin and Tommes Schallplatten Stuttgart, but this list continues to grow.
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