Like many Stereolab fans, I was beginning to think the group had lost the plot, but it appears that the recording regime involved in focusing on a series of 7-inch singles rather than a new album has brought back some of the old creative spark. Unfortunately, the runs were so limited that the singles often vanished before most people knew they were available. So it's awfully swell of them to conveniently package up all the tracks on the Fab Four Suture CD, which also comes as a double 10-inch EP specifically designed with collector nerds in mind. Not every tune is a winner, but there's a certain northern-soulish charm to Interlock, and the bouncy bloopery of Vodiak is enjoyably wonky. Their next studio album proper is due out in early 2007, but let's hope they keep releasing singles in the meantime.
Stereolab return to nice-up the Phoenix Tuesday (March 14).