Electro-pop legends Stereolab are back with three 7" singles recorded at their Instant Zero studio in France that represent their first new recordings since returning to the Too Pure label.
The first of the singles is the quirkily-titled Kyberneticka Babicka, which, as I know you're dying to discover, is Czech for 'cybernetic granny' and was the title of a sci-fi/horror movie from 1962. Musically it bounces along happily with some looped harmonizing and a theme which stays consistent on both sides of the single, split into parts one and two.
The other two singles are far less repetitive but no less impressive. The tuneful Plastic Mile utilises Laetitia Sadlier's distinctive vocals with some nice synth-horn put into the mix. Meanwhile, B-side I Was A Sunny Rainphase has a 60s pop vibe sounding very much in the vein of the band's work over recent years. Interlock offers a more laid back, even jazzy theme with lots of twists, while Visionary Road Maps underlines the fact that this third single is the most varied of the three.
The singles, which are also available as downloads, will be the only new releases from the band for a while, with the follow-up to last year's Margerine Eclipse not expected until early next year.