Recently I was exposed to a term that I admit I am pretty unfamiliar with – I thought, maybe I have just never heard about this or it could be that something new (fitting this description) has emerged – after digging around a bit, it seems that indeed ‘electronic motorik disco’ has been around a while, perhaps reaching its pinnacle with the output of France’s seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab, famous for their bleeps and blops, quirky thick indie synth and sometimes chant-like whirling concoctions. In any case, this unfamiliar term did manage to peak my interest.
It’s not surprising then that the single we are premiering today also comes from Morgane Lhote (a.k.a. Hologram Teen), who was an essential part of the recipe that propelled Stereolab to widespread success in the 1990s. Morgane, known for creating the bands’ infamous bleeps and blops and quirky thick indie synth soundboard I mentioned earlier (as heard on albums including ‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ and ‘Dots and Loops’), has since parted ways with the band and, after participation in several other music projects (including The Projects and Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco), began releasing music under the Hologram Teen moniker.
Her new double A-side single ‘Marsangst / Hex These Rules’ is being released on light pink 7″ vinyl via London’s Happy Robots Records, following up on her debut single ‘Post-apocalypteacakes / Tracksuit Minataur’, released this past winter via London’s Deep Distance Records.
Unlike her previous single, which was somewhat dark, mixing creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats and at least partially inspired by retro horror film soundtracks, her new output represents a new stream for her musings – delightful techno with interesting changeups and clever effects all in the right places. The transition from the previous single to the new one virtually summons reference to a whole genre – electro Krautrock – it’s fun and bouncy, parsimoniously perplexing and gyrating. More please.
When asked what her music sounds like, Morgane answered: “It’s like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash”. If you can’t get your head around that, think French house, Etienne de Crecy, Deadmaus5, ESG, Umberto, Yello, Add N to X, Death in Vegas, Stereolab, Ghostbox Records, Goblin and Italian Zombie Horror Soundtracks.
Originally from Paris, Morgane has moved around a bit, having lived in London and then NYC, before moving to Los Angeles, where she is still based. Over the past few months, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker is but one notable personality who has come to be among her many newfound fans.
This single, which is limited to 300 copies and distributed worldwide by Cargo Records, releases on July 1 but is already available for pre-order at www.happyrobots.co.uk.
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