August indie alchemists Stereolab, currently on a seemingly endless break, are to have two early/mid-period releases reissued.
Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993) and Mars Audiac Quintet (1994) have both been repressed in deluxe double vinyl reissues. 1972 Records – also responsible for that recent reissue of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Vol. II – are behind the new editions.
Following on from the band’s first full-length Peng!, Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements was Stereolab’s major label debut for Elektra. The record had something of a troubled gestation, with sample clearance issues and a botched first pressing making for a less-than-smooth release. Not that you’d know it: the record was Stereolab’s most exuberant yet, and the first to really see them investigate exotica and world music sounds in earnest. Scuzzy and cheery in equal measure, it’s a clear stepping stone to where they would head next.
Mars Audiac Quintet , meanwhile, is still renowned as the band’s most immediate record. The record capitalises on Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements‘ softer tendencies, and compliments the polish with a new emphasis on melody. ‘Ping Pong’ and ‘Outer Accelerator’ still speak for themselves, and the band’s whirring rhythm machine sounds like it’s really found its groove for the first time.
Both releases are out now on 1972.