Not Music - Drag City
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Jon Pruett on December 7, 2010
After a career that made sugar-coated, Neu!-inspired nihilism and electronic pop music the norm, Stereolab’s decision to go on hiatus after 2008’s Chemical Chords is basically a total bummer. Not Music is made up of, well, music indeed from that 2008 session and shows the band in rainbow funk form—fusing together strains of bossa nova, psychedelia and library soundtracks into one bubbling whole. It’s heady stuff with plenty of detours and time changes, with final track “Pop Molecules” almost creating a full circle back to Peng!’s droning aggression.