LAETITIA SADIER at the Drake Underground, Tuesday, September 18. Rating: NNNN
Laetitia Sadier is charming.
Dressed casually and with her hair pulled back, the voice of Stereolab wasn't trying to dazzle us with glamour. Instead, she wooed us by welcoming us to her "living room", referring to the couch-lined and intimate space. She then proceeded to give brief descriptions of pretty much every song, including Silent Spot from new album Silencio (Drag City), for which she spoke of her views on death following the passing of people close to her, including Broadcast's Trish Keenan.
Although she smiled and joked throughout the set (including a particularly cute moment when, after playing a bit of cacophony on the guitar, she approached the mic and quietly said, "Sonic Youth."), she also played some of her most political solo material, including the brilliant Ausculation To The Nation.
Playing as part of a trio, Sadier's music doesn't encompass the room in the same way her old band could, but even at low volume, she still holds her audience in rapt attention.