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Laetitia Sadier

Laetitia Sadier

David Thayer

Laetitia Sadier, Deradoorian, Tim Kinsella 

When: Wed., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $15
On each of her three solo albums, cut with different bands, former Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier remains instantly recognizable— her plangent voice glides through rich, cubist arrangements whose synthesizers, horns, guitar, and occasional strings fit right in with the Krautrock/easy listening hybrid developed by her former outfit. On last year’s Something Shines (Drag City) she’s still exploring some of Stereolab’s Marxist themes too, positing on “Oscuridad,” e.g., that the rich can’t exist without the poor. Her most affecting songs, however, feature personal themes: both “Then, I Will Love You Again” and “The Milk of Human Tenderness” reflect on the emotional waste of a failed relationship. Sadier could convey warmth if she were singing a grocery list.

On The Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon), former Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian reveals shades of her past musical associations (including work in Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks), but the kaleidoscopic, partly psychedelic pop she fashions is ultimately all her own. Distended vocal harmonies glide and float like space detritus behind keyboard patterns that tinkle and pulse, beats that clip-clop and gallop, and melodies that coo and soar. Her songs bounce between disco cool and arch futurism, but the performances are imbued with a tranquility and beauty that deflate any irony or distance. For this tour she’s joined by her sister Arlene.

— Peter Margasak

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