'Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night' is one of Stereolab's most collaborative releases ever, featuring members of a variety of other kindred spirit post-rock/experimental acts, from Tortoise to Jim O'Rourke. It's being reissued by 1972 Records, putting Stereolab's most controversial record on display once again. Recommended for those who want to hear what rock critics of the late 1990s hated and what Stereolab fans barely blinked an eye at: weird, often kinda twee, occasionally jazzy, always Stereolab.
Tracks:Fuses People Do It All The Time The Free Design Blips Drip and Strips Italian hoes Continuum Infinity Girl The Spiracles Op Hop Detonation Puncture in the Radax Permutation Velvet Water Blue Milk Caleidoscopi Gaze Strobo Acceleration The Emergency Kisses Come and Play in the Milky Night Escape Pod
Double LP £30.99 IF24
Reissue 2LP on 1972 Records.
Double LP £14.99
USED 2xLP on Duophonic, EX-/VG+.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 21st July 2015
I bought this upon its original release in 1999 but missed the fact that critics hated it and as a Stereolab fan, I never did blink an eye. It's not their best album but it also came after a run of brilliant albums. However, I like it.
Opener "Fuses" see the band turning their hand to what I can only described as contained free-jazz. It's all over the place yet still has that Stereolab sound. "The Free Design" finally see them name-checking one of their big influences and has a kind of crime jazz feel - you can imagine it soundtracking the clever heist montage from a '60s movie. You can hear that Jim O'Rourke and John McIntyre are involved in this, the neat sounds, weird sounds flying all over the place and the hard to listen to bits are particular signatures of theirs from previous bands such as Gastr Del Sol and Tortoise respectively. "Blue Milk" would not sound out of place on Gastr Del Sol's less penetrable work. This is definitely Stereolab's most experimental work.