Neon Beanbag – Stereolab

This is from their latest, Chemical Chords. There’s an argument that Stereolab aren’t really treading any new ground, but I don’t really have a problem with that. On a full listen, this sounds kind of like a best of Stereolab, but with all new songs. I think this one sounds like Dots and Loops era Stereolab.

There used to be a restaurant in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago called Mod that had really strange tables and chairs. Trendy, with pretty good food, but the furniture looked like it came from one of those pictures from the sixties that purported to show what lounge furniture would look like in the ’90s and beyond. I’m not sure if I’m conveying the aesthetic properly, but that’s what Stereolab mostly sounds like to me. Like the Jetsons without the spaceships and robots. Loungy pop music that would have sounded futuristic 45 years ago, but doesn’t really belong to this era.

Regardless, this one has a very infectious groove to it, and listening to it makes me happy.

4 Responses to “Neon Beanbag – Stereolab”


  • Ok, it is a grower. I still like them more motorik, less loungey. I’ve lost that battle, I know.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    Total grower. I think this sounds more retro than other Stereolab songs. I want all of their songs to sounds like Emperor Tomato Ketchup, but I am usually happy regardless of what they actually do sound like. The vid is really trippy.

  • haha. I want them to sound like Peng.

  • My favorite Lab is probably ETK/Mars Audiac Quintet era. Though I did really like Margerine Eclipse as well.

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