Could this be the last we ever hear from Stereolab? With the veteran experimentalists on a self-imposed hiatus – and now a drummer light – ‘Not Music’ offers a stopgap if not a final full stop to a kaleidoscopic career.
Recorded alongside previous album ‘Chemical Chords’, the latest record bears the band’s hallmarks, from the skipping AHD of ‘Everybody’s Weird Except Me’ to the chamber-funk of ‘Two Finger Symphony’. So is this goodbye? Let’s hope not: at the risk of sounding partisan and overly dramatic; a world without Stereolab would be like a school without a playground.