Upcoming Gig: Laetitia Sadier @ The Drake Hotel
Once upon a time there was Stereolab. Notably “one of the most fiercely independent and original groups of the Nineties”. Their primary musical influence was 1970s krautrock, which they combined with lounge, 1960s pop, and experimental pop music. They were one of the first bands to be termed “post-rock” and then in 2009 they were over.
From the ashes came french front woman Laetitia Sadier’s solo work. Carrying on quite well, she brings us her second solo album, “Silencio”, which was released on Drag City a few weeks ago. Fans of Stereolab will be pleased with this offering for more than the fact that Silencio features Tim Gane (Stereolab’s other front person). The vocals are dreamy but firm and the severity of her lyrics are sometimes hidden behind a deceivingly poppy sound. The albums political backdrop really shines on tracks like “Auscultation to the Nation” which ends in a blatant repeated plea for a “real democracy”.
“Stereolab, the world’s greatest Kraut-lounge act, ended its two-decade-long organ riff in 2009. But French frontwoman Laetitia Sadier has carried on in its absence, and onSilencio, she’s made an honest-to-goodness protest album. . . Silencio serves up a reminder that music still tries to kill a few fascists now and then.” – NPR Music
Moi Sans Zach has a delightful bossa nova beat going on and blends beautifully with the French lyrics. Silencio is just as the title suggests, a call to be still and let the music wash over you.
Laetitia Sadier is currently on tour within North America promoting her latest release “Silencio” (album artwork/tour dates below) and will be stopping off at The Drake Hotel here in Toronto, on Tuesday September 18th. Go check out this show!