Hologram Teen – “Post-Apocalypteacakes” b/w “Tracksuit Minotaur”

Hologram Teen - “Post-Apocalypteacakes" b/w “Tracksuit Minotaur”

Hologram Teen – “Post-Apocalypteacakes” b/w “Tracksuit Minotaur”

With Stereolab’s co-leaders Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier having established healthy new careers – with the former’s deeper steering into leftward motorik directions heading-up Cavern Of Anti-Matter for limited-edition releases on a variety of labels and the latter’s more song-based solo-trading explorations for Drag City – time is perhaps ripe for other former members of the band to reassert themselves creatively.  Reappearing then – after a cluster of collaborative ventures elsewhere in more recent years – is keyboard-player Morgan Lhote, who served a healthy stint in Stereolab’s ranks between 1995 and 2001 and who appeared on the group’s seminal Emperor Tomato Ketchup LP.

However, anyone anticipating a straightforward extension of the sounds from that era of Stereolab’s feted reign might find Lhote’s new Hologram Teen solo-project, making its 7” vinyl debut here, a far stranger proposition.

The curiously christened A-side of “Post-Apocalypteacakes” is certainly a big departure from Lhote’s ‘Lab past.  Although driven primarily by spooky Umberto-like vocal samples and horror film score synths the intensively-electronic cut also swims through shoals of ‘90s acid-house fizzing, as if it were designed for a John Carpenter film set in the Madchester era.  Perhaps more engrossing and diverse in its reach is the flipside of “Tracksuit Minotaur”, which weaves its more prominent and esoteric vocal samples between spectral and burbling synths, fatter programmed percussion, thick glam-meets-disco bass-lines and squalling heavily-processed guitars.

The net effect of these two peculiar yet promising tracks if one of playful and addictive disorientation; spinning you around and planting hooks in your mind’s ear.  Whether it’s the start of a lengthy venture for Hologram Teen or merely a one-off, this single is certainly one that vinyl-heads following the Stereolab family tree will need to add to their already vast collections.

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