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Stereo Total

Stereo Total

(Bobsled)

It’s getting ridiculous how much good music is emanating from the loungecore movement. What once had become a vapid and uninteresting genre has been re-invigorated by a procession of wonderfully talented groups—Stereolab, Combustible Edison, St. Etienne—that have brought a new playfulness and a more sophisticated musical palette into the lounge fold. Now comes Berlin’s Stereo Total to join the fray and judging from their stateside debut, they are one of the finest lounge-pop ensembles around. A truly international band whose members hail from France, Bohemia, Italy, and Germany, Stereo Total combines all these cultures with songs sung in numerous languages and music that draws from traditional pop, easy listening, disco, and electronica. There’s the goofy but right-on “Dactylo Rock,” with a typewriter as the rhythm track and a Hawaiian guitar accompanied by a coy German vocal and “Ushilo Sugata Ga Kilei,” a nutty synth pop song sung in Japanese just for kicks. This is one of those decadently fun albums that is perfect for a cocktail party or just cheering you up from your bluest of moods.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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