Peng! Was the debut album by Stereolab. It was originally released in 1992. It featured all the hallmarks of their sound which was driven by rhythm guitar, vintage keyboards, a motorik beat and Laetitia Sadier’s part-Nico-part-ethereal vocals. They were influenced as much by the sunshine pop of The Free Design as the were the experimental rock of Can. This is good place to start with the ‘lab, as well as being a cracker, you can see how their sound progresses from here, album by album.
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9/10 Jack 11th July 2017
Grooving like '70s krautrock meets the Velvet Underground in a café in Paris, this debut album by Stereolab is one of their best. Droning and lo-fi, yet beautifully and joyfully dreamy. It's a must have for the casual and/or dedicated fan, and wouldn't be a bad album to start with if you're new to Stereolab. The funny thing is that this was the last album by them I heard having gotten into every other release in their catalog and its become one of my favourites. It's got a charm and emotional resonance all of its own.
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