Today we bring you a dose of something you don’t usually find in the pages of Overblown, but this track presents such lush deep electronica that it’s worth it.
Hologram Teen is the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, best known as long-term keyboard player in indie giants Stereolab, having recorded and performed with the band during their imperial phase between 1995 and 2001, when they released career defining albums including Emperor Tomato Ketchup. Later on, she did a stint in The Projects and, from 2005, played in Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco before starting the Hologram Teen project. Having lived in Paris, NYC and London, she has since settled in LA, where she produces her current project.
Her debut album ‘Between The Funk and The Fear’ comes to us by London-based label Polytechnic Youth on vinyl. Timed with this release, Hologram Teen presents ‘Escape From Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix’, which follows up the lead track ‘God(d) Of Thunder Vs. Sukia’ (stream below).
This album includes 11 awesome and sometimes awesomely awry tracks, inspired by soundtracks of Goblin and John Carpenter, 1970s French Disco and psychedelic Brazilian rock, Congolese Soukous, as well as string arrangements by François de Roubaix and Jean-Claude Vannier. In all, this album is a filmic and hugely adventurous full length.
An homage to 1980s soundtracks and remixed by Swedish hallucinatory maestro Orange Crate Art, ‘Escape From Paris’ blends together VHS nasties, dystopian landscapes and stoned soul picnics, taking the listener on a bad trip before ending the album on a more hopeful note.
‘Between The Funk and the Fear’ follows Hologram Teen’s widely acclaimed ‘Marsangst’ EP, released via Happy Robots Records last year. Her approach in mixing creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats has won Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker over as one of her many newfound fans.
“With this first LP, I wanted to create the soundtrack to the trippiest horror movie ever, and combine the scary and the absurd, through a very tongue in cheek aesthetic both musically and visually. For this project, I decided to experiment with adding live instruments, such as bass, drums, and strings, instead of or in conjunction with electronic instruments on some tracks. It was especially interesting to merge both musical feels and textures into one cohesive narrative,” says Morgane Lhote.
The vinyl issue of ‘Between The Funk and The Fear’ is limited to 500 copies and can be ordered from Polytechnic Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org or from Morgane Lhote directly for orders within the USA via Bandcamp.